Reading and Creative Writing Groups

Reading Group

Led by Viv Rudd, the group meets once a month on the third Thursday in the Proctor Room, from 7.30-9.00pm.

Contact Viv Rudd 01747 851619; reading@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

 Poetry Group

Formed in 2010 by published poet Pam Kelly, the group meets in the Proctor Room once a month on the fourth Thursday at 7.30pm. There is no charge but participants must be members of the arts centre.

Two books of poetry from the group "Portrait of Shaftesbury" and  "Through the Year in Shaftesbury" are available to purchase from the Box Office.

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Golden Wedding

by Pam Kelly

Occasionally with great embarrassment
He pressed his sexual needs upon her.
Sorry he had to bother her, he said
And she accepted this like all the rest,
The price she had to pay, with fortitude.
They never did it nude and long since any passion.
Always in bed and, heavy with clothes and guilt,
They made love in a fashion
And quickly turned away, pretending sleep
Both feeling deep relief that it was over
Until the next time.

Books by Pam Kelly, all published by Brimstone Press, are: On the Edge (2006), Fiesta (2007), Other People (2007), Papering Over the Cracks (2008), Caught in the Crossfire (2008), Paziols: Living in the Land of the Cathars (2009, illustrated), Closer to the Edge, Lost and Found (2018)

Contact Pam Kelly 01747 852744; poetry@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk; pamkellycircles@yahoo.co.uk

Writing Group

An informal group of local writers sharing writing prompts, ideas, techniques etc

The ad hoc group formed in 2008 following a short story-writing competition organised by the Centre and judged by author Fay Weldon (pictured right) who now lives in Shaftesbury. The competition resulted in the publication of ‘A Box of Chocolates’, a book of 50 short stories contributed by some 30 local authors, including several centre members.

The group and its members now hold regular get-togethers in the Proctor Room to share and discuss writing, and to exchange information regarding writing courses, publishing etc.

The meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7pm - 9pm.

Contact:  Elizabeth or Richard:
elizabeth406@btinternet.com, richeff@talktalk.net
or writing@shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

Copies of ‘A Box of Chocolates’, with a foreword by Fay Weldon, are for sale at the centre box office at £5. All proceeds go towards the centre.

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Our first 2 prizes for The Great Shaftesbury Marmafest competition - 14th March

1. A luxury breakfast for two at the Fleur de Lys, Shaftesbury.
2. A voucher to spend on a breakfast at high street cafe,
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Opening today and daily until March 10, Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton show recent work as well as their recently published collaboration 'The Winter Visitor' a book for children and adults! #wildwoodart #thewintervisitor #reclaiming #painting #riverwylie http://ow.ly/fQMM50yvDsA

It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too! @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/Tpfi50yhAcY

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You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS

It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/Y9vV50yhzl0

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  • Opening today and daily until March 10, Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton show recent work as well as their recently published collaboration 'The Winter Visitor' a book for children and adults! #wildwoodart #thewintervisitor #reclaiming #painting #riverwylie http://ow.ly/vGCS50yvDsz

    shaftesburyarts: "Opening today and daily until March 10, Nick Andrew and Tanya Hinton show recent work as well as their recently published collaboration 'The Winter Visitor' a book for children and adults! #wildwoodart #thewintervisitor #reclaiming #painting #riverwylie http://ow.ly/vGCS50yvDsz"
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  • It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too! @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/YOvI50yhAcX

    shaftesburyarts: "It's almost the end of the Snowdrop exhibition in the gallery so make sure you don't miss it. It closes on Saturday at 4pm. Over 100 exhibits and so many ideas. Don't forget to watch Countryfile on Sunday too!  @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #localartists http://ow.ly/YOvI50yhAcX"
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  • You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS

    shaftesburyarts: "You can have snowdrops in your garden all year round with these steel snowdrop stakes. The silver locket swings open to reveal a secret chamber. Snowdrops light up winter months like this lamp! Remember to vote for your favourite! #creativity #galanthus http://ow.ly/sCwZ50yhzPS"
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  • It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/3VVD50yhzkZ

    shaftesburyarts: "It's the start of half term so make sure you bring your families into the gallery to see the Snowdrop open exhibition. There's some great art by children. Remember to vote for your favourite artwork. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #collage #children'sart http://ow.ly/3VVD50yhzkZ"
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  • Early snowdrops, tall and elegant. Remember that you can vote for your favourite work of art in this exhibition until 22 Feb. Open everyday 10am-4pm inc Sundays. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile #plastercast #acrylicpainting #ceramicvase #localartists #vote http://ow.ly/ytLD50yhySV

    shaftesburyarts: "Early snowdrops, tall and elegant. Remember that you can vote for your favourite work of art in this exhibition until 22 Feb. Open everyday 10am-4pm inc Sundays. @SnowdropWalks @BBCCountryfile  #plastercast #acrylicpainting #ceramicvase #localartists #vote http://ow.ly/ytLD50yhySV"
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  • Drifts of Snowdrops in the gallery - so many different styles and techniques. Flowers for Valentines? They'll last longer if they're artworks! @SnowdropWalks #galanthophiles #artformyvalentine #heraldofspring #artinshaftesbury @BBCCountryfile http://ow.ly/ZqTV50yhyL0

    shaftesburyarts: "Drifts of Snowdrops in the gallery - so many different styles and techniques. Flowers for Valentines? They'll last longer if they're artworks!  @SnowdropWalks #galanthophiles #artformyvalentine #heraldofspring #artinshaftesbury @BBCCountryfile http://ow.ly/ZqTV50yhyL0"
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  • Congratulations to @percylizzard who's painting 'White Bird with Snowdrop' has been chosen by the committee to be the poster image for next year. Continues until 23rd Feb so plenty of time to see it. @SnowdropWalks #happypainting #collage #ceramictiles http://ow.ly/13DT50yhygV

    shaftesburyarts: "Congratulations to @percylizzard who's painting 'White Bird with Snowdrop' has been chosen by the committee to be the poster image for next year. Continues until 23rd Feb so plenty of time to see it. @SnowdropWalks #happypainting #collage #ceramictiles  http://ow.ly/13DT50yhygV"
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  • It’s the first weekend of Shaftesbury Snowdrops Festival with study sessions, walks and this amazing open exhibition in the gallery which continues to 23 February. @snowdropwalks @visitshaftesbury @bbccountryfile #sculpure #mosaic #painting #galanthus #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyartists #westcountryartists

    shaftesburyarts: "It’s the first weekend of Shaftesbury Snowdrops Festival with study sessions, walks and this amazing open exhibition in the gallery which continues to 23 February. @snowdropwalks @visitshaftesbury @bbccountryfile #sculpure #mosaic #painting #galanthus #artinshaftesbury #shaftesburyartists #westcountryartists"
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  • The Snowdrop exhibition opens tomorrow at 10am to herald the start of the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival. As always there is a vast range of approaches to portraying Shaftesbury’s adopted flower. @snowdropwalks @shaftesburytown @bbccountryfilelive #galanthus #snowdropseason #milkflowers

    shaftesburyarts: "The Snowdrop exhibition opens tomorrow at 10am to herald the start of the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival. As always there is a vast range of approaches to portraying Shaftesbury’s adopted flower. @snowdropwalks @shaftesburytown @bbccountryfilelive #galanthus #snowdropseason #milkflowers"
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  • It's the last week to see Welcome 20, the taster show that previews the exhibitions of 2020. Continues to Saturday 1st February. @dorsetartweeks #creativetextiles #ceramics #interpretingthesea #jurassiccoast #landscapepainting #sculpture http://ow.ly/e7t950xY8rP

    shaftesburyarts: "It's the last week to see Welcome 20, the taster show that previews the exhibitions of 2020. Continues to Saturday 1st February. @dorsetartweeks #creativetextiles #ceramics #interpretingthesea #jurassiccoast #landscapepainting #sculpture http://ow.ly/e7t950xY8rP"
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