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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    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday. Percy Lizzard paintings inspired by travel to India, Africa and the Far East. Exhibition continues to 21 May. #happyelephants #lonelybird #contemoraryframes #contemporaryart #happyart #affordableart http://ow.ly/hkDJ50uddfa"
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  • This week in the gallery to 21 May. Percy Lizzard with paintings to make you happy! #birdlife #tuscanchurch #giltframes #dorsetartist #theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/yaSO50udc5Q

    shaftesburyarts: "This week in the gallery to 21 May. Percy Lizzard with paintings to make you happy! #birdlife #tuscanchurch #giltframes #dorsetartist #theshaftesburygroup http://ow.ly/yaSO50udc5Q"
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  • Last two days to see 'Plantation to Palladwr', Karren Burkett's solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and printmaking. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #treesnearhome #gloriousspring #summerlight #autumnsoft #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/C4fL50u7vfZ

    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see 'Plantation to Palladwr', Karren Burkett's solo exhibition of paintings, drawings and printmaking. Closes tomorrow at 4pm. #treesnearhome #gloriousspring #summerlight #autumnsoft #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury  http://ow.ly/C4fL50u7vfZ"
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  • Tomorrow is Shaftesbury Food Fair and many will watch the Cheese Race on Gold Hill. Here's a different approach to famous hill and it's glorious view from Karren Burkett whose exhibition in the gallery will be open until 4pm. #goldhill #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/PPhB50u7unI

    shaftesburyarts: "Tomorrow is Shaftesbury Food Fair and many will watch the Cheese Race on Gold Hill. Here's a different approach to famous hill and it's glorious view from Karren Burkett whose exhibition in the gallery will be open until 4pm.  #goldhill #visitshaftesbury http://ow.ly/PPhB50u7unI"
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  • 'Plantation to Palladwr' continues this week in the Gallery until 14 May. Trees in all seasons from Karren Burkett's surroundings past and present. #lightandcolour #paintinglight #winterspringsummer #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/1vWJ50tBmS2

    shaftesburyarts: "'Plantation to Palladwr' continues this week in the Gallery until 14 May. Trees in all seasons from Karren Burkett's surroundings past and present. #lightandcolour #paintinglight #winterspringsummer #dorsetartist #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/1vWJ50tBmS2"
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  • Open all weekend inc. Sunday and Bank Holiday Mon 10am-4pm and to May 14. Karren Burkett's solo exhibition of work showing responses to her past and present. #plantationtopalladwr #ontheedge #oilpainting #charcoal #linocut #shaftesburyartist #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/4zDp50tB0QH

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend inc. Sunday and Bank Holiday Mon 10am-4pm and to May 14. Karren Burkett's solo exhibition of work showing responses to her past and present. #plantationtopalladwr #ontheedge #oilpainting #charcoal #linocut #shaftesburyartist #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/4zDp50tB0QH"
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  • In the gallery until 14 May, 'Plantation to Palladwr'. Paintings, drawings and printmaking from Karren Burkett. She invites you to join her for a drink and a chat this evening 5.30-7.30pm #movinghome #fromthekitchenwindow #wisemonkey #dorsetartist http://ow.ly/PGxr50tAMDX

    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery until 14 May, 'Plantation to Palladwr'. Paintings, drawings and printmaking from Karren Burkett. She invites you to join her for a drink and a chat this evening 5.30-7.30pm #movinghome #fromthekitchenwindow #wisemonkey #dorsetartist  http://ow.ly/PGxr50tAMDX"
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    shaftesburyarts: "Last two days to see this mixed exhibition from members of The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group. Closes 4pm tomorrow They meet to make art together on Monday afternoons and welcome new members.  #landscapepainting #collage #assemblage #visitshaftesbury  http://ow.ly/hlez50ruGEa"
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  • Open all weekend including Sunday, The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group with their annual exhibition. #lifedrawing #penandwash #painting #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/DFV550rusqC

    shaftesburyarts: "Open all weekend including Sunday, The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group with their annual exhibition. #lifedrawing #penandwash #painting #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/DFV550rusqC"
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    shaftesburyarts: "In the gallery this week until 1 May. The Shaftesbury Arts Centre Art Group. A wide range of style and subject. #landscapepainting #stilllife #abstractpainting #visitshaftesbury #thehighpointofdorset http://ow.ly/9NKd50runmf"
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