Autumn/Winter 2022-3 Events

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Christian Wolmar: British Rail (Heritage Open Days event with StonyWords)

Wednesday 14 September, Stony Stratford Library, 7pm: Free

Christian Wolmar writes and broadcasts prolifically about the history and significance of the railways. In his latest book, British Rail, he looks at the organisation's creation and legacy, highlighting the innovation it achieved despite the political background in which it had to operate.

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Green Spaces in the City: Writing Workshop with Melanie Hering

Thursday 22 September, Zoom, 7 - 8.30pm: £15 (Places limited)

This workshop is for anyone aged 16+: no previous writing experience is assumed. Just bring yourselves, your imaginations and something to write with. Through free writing, with prompts and guided exercises, we'll explore our relationship with the green spaces within our cities that we love, our memories of them and our love for them.

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Walking Home: Soundwalk at Great Linford Manor Park

Saturday 24 September, Great Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes, 4pm: £Free

Join us for a bracing Autumn walk with a difference, as we launch a new audio anthology! We've collaborated with Walk Listen Create and The Parks Trust to curate an audio collection of new writing that you can listen to through  the Echoes.xyz app. Each piece has been linked to a specific location in Great Linford Manor Park, Stonepit Field or Stanton Low Park.

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Poets for the Planet Gala Reading

Thursday 27 October, Zoom 7pm: £Free

Climate change and the environment have never so urgently critical. Working with Poets For The Planet, we're raising the voice of the poetry community in concern, alarm and protest with John McCullough, Aviva Dautch; Toby Litt, Attila the Stockbroker, Sophia Blackwell, Glyn Maxwell, Caroline Davies, Parks Trust Competition winner MIke Geaney and more ,

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Risks and Reboots: Poetry Workshop with John McCullough

Wednesday 16 November, Zoom, 7pm: £20 (Places limited)

How far do you stretch yourself as a poet? What sort of artistic risks might you be able to take? Hawthornden and Polari Prize winning poet, John McCullough, leads a workshop that will help you to steer your writing into new territory,

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Risks and Reboots: Poetry Workshop with John McCullough

Tuesday 22 November, Zoom, 7pm: £20 (Places limited)

How far do you stretch yourself as a poet? What sort of artistic risks might you be able to take? Hawthornden and Polari Prize winning poet, John McCullough, leads a workshop that will help you to steer your writing into new territory,

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The Lodestone Poets with Victoria Adukwei Bulley, Mark Pajak and Gita Ralleigh

Wednesday 14 December, Zoom, 7.30pm: £Free

Our friends at the Lodestone Poets return, bringing you readings from Gita Ralleigh and two of the 2022 TS Eliot Prize shortlistees, Mark Pajak and Victorial Adukwei Bulley.

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Broadwater: writing a neighbourhood - with Jac Shreeves-Lee

Wednesday 11 January 2023, Zoom, 7pm: £Free/Donation

The stories in Broadwater are - like the Tottenham estate where Jac played as a child  - places where characters meet, part, nudge, battle and blend as they try to make sense of their lives.  Hear how her writing has paid tribute  to a geography and history she knows and a people who made her.

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Writing Place: from psychogeography to fiction with Jane Fraser

Wednesday 8 February 2023, Zoom, 7pm: £Free/Donation

This ninety-minute masterclass with Welsh writer, Jane Fraser, will equip you with both a methodology and a tool kit of effective strategies to help you better understand the power of writing place in fiction.

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Close Encounters: the landscape and Memoir - writing workshop with Cathy Galvin

Wednesday 8 March 2023, Zoom, 7pm: £20 (limited places)

This two hour workshop with poet, editor and journalist Cathy Galvin will guide you towards a sense of wonder and re-engagement with the natural world as a springboard for reflection and writing.