Spring 2022 Events

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Elly Griffiths: The Locked Room

Thursday 17 February, Online, 7pm: £Pay What You Can (donations welcome)

Join us as best-selling crime novelist Elly Griffiths talks about and reads from her brand new crime novel, The Locked Room. The fourteenth book in the hugely popular Ruth Galloway series finds forensic archaeologist Ruth and Norfolk policeman DCI Nelson on the hunt for a murderer as Covid lockdowns take hold. 

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Eley WIlliams: The Liar's Dictionary

Tuesday 8 March, Online, 7pm: £Pay What You Can (donations welcome)

Join us to hear extracts from and discuss '... a singular, hilarious, word-drunk novel, which I suspect will be seen in the future as a classic comic novel' [Irish Times] with its author, the equally singular Eley Williams. Eddies in the time continuum and mountweazels in the lexicography both abound!

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Lodestone Poets Reunited: Ella Frears, Rebecca Goss and Roy McFarlane

Wednesday 16 March, Online, 7pm: £Pay What You Can (donations welcome)

The Lodestone Poets reunite especially for MK Lit Fest, with special festival performances from Ella Frears, Rebecca Goss and Roy McFarlane, along with readings from the events founders, Sarala Estruch, Lesley Sharpe and Dave Wakely.

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Alison Brackenbury: Thorpeness

Tuesday 29 March, Online, 7pm: £Pay What You Can (donations welcome)

Join us for illustrated readings from a brand new collection from one of our most widely-celebrated and much-loved poets. As an interlude, Alison will also read extracts from her forthcoming prose book, Village, exploring her family links with the Buckinghamshire village of Chicheley.

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Sonnets and Soliloquies (or Shakespeare's Birthday Bash)

Saturday 23 April, Westbury Arts Centre, 7pm: £5 (15 places only: booking advised)

Join us for a relaxed and informal ‘open mic’ evening to toast the Bard. Read or perform your favourite Shakespeare poem or speech, or just kick back with your welcome drink and enjoy listening and looking at the themed exhibition by Westbury’s resident artists.

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Luke Kennard: Notes on the Sonnets

Tuesday 26 April, Online, 7pm: £Pay What You Can (donations welcome)

Poet and novelist Luke Kennard's Forward Prize winning collection, Notes on the Sonnets, recasts Shakespeare's 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems set in the same joyless house party. A crying man is consoled by a Sigmund Freud action figure. An out-of-hours doctor sells phials of dark red liquid from a briefcase. Someone takes out a guitar...

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Writing Wild Workshop (adults) with El Rhodes

Saturday 14 May, Westbury Arts Centre, 11am - 1pm: £20 (limited places available)

Looking to find inspiration in nature and the wonder of trees? Join us for a writing workshop in the grounds of Westbury Arts Centre, a Grade II listed 17th Century farmhouse building. No previous writing experience is necessary and there will be a range of activities to get you writing if it’s new to you.

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Writing Wild Workshop (14 - 18 year olds) with El Rhodes

Saturday 14 May, Westbury Arts Centre, 2 - 3.30pm: £10 (limited places available)

A second creative writing workshop among the ancient apple trees at Westbury Arts Centre with tutor/facilitator El Rhodes, especially for 14-18 year old writers whether they be beginners or emerging writers.