ESSEX WRITERS HOUSE 2020
1 – 31 March
Essex Writers House returns for the third year, with a month of events and opportunities as part of Essex Book Festival 2020.
Metal is delighted to announce the continuation of the exciting partnership with Essex Book Festival, enabling us to transform Chalkwell Hall once again for the month of March.
Essex Writers House at Chalkwell Hall will include a range of events for anyone interested in writing – from those who are who are just starting out, to established authors. This month is an opportunity to meet new people, share ideas and get inspired.
WEEKEND WRITERS CAFE
Saturdays & Sundays throughout March, open 11.30am – 3.30pm
At the weekend the ground floor of the Grade II listed Chalkwell Hall will become a Weekend Writers’ Café where people can eat, read, swap books, have a coffee and write in the inspiring grounds of Chalkwell Park. With Writers Quiet Room for anyone to use during café opening hours if you want to work on your novel or just do your homework come and take a seat.
2PM WEEKEND READS
Saturdays & Sundays throughout March
There will be an open mic opportunity at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays in our Writers Cafe for people to read and perform short works, plus a Writers Quiet Room available for anyone to use during café opening hours.
WRITERS HOT DESKS
Every day throughout March (Available from 11am – 9pm. Must be booked in advance)
Two FREE hot desks will be available each day, with inspiring Thames Estuary views, access to a kitchen and park on your doorstep.
We have named these desks after two great writers who spent time writing in Essex and being inspired by the Essex landscapes – John Edgell Rickword and Margery Allingham.
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR DESK (MAX 2 DAYS)
Please note – we are restricting bookings to a maximum of two days per writer, to ensure that the opportunity is afforded to as many writers as possible.
Every day throughout March
Metal have hosted artists of all disciplines in residence at Chalkwell Hall for the last ten years.
During March, the Essex Writers House will play host to writers-in residence, by working in partnership with English Pen www.englishpen.org/about
We look forward to welcoming writers from the UK and overseas.
To find out about our other residency schemes which run across the year, in all 3 Metal sites, visit our Time and Space Residency page here.
EWH Residencies to be announced shortly.
CREATE 98: WRITING SURGERIES
Apply by 28 Feb for your chosen date in March.
Would you like some dedicated one to one time with professional writers? Would you benefit from some expert help in developing a piece of writing?
These surgeries with Create 98’s resident screenwriter Richard Kurti, poet/editor Jen Feroze and novelist Sam Lierens, will be invaluable for anyone working on a specific writing project. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your work with an experienced professional and progress your writing.
Once submitted you will be allocated your ‘surgeon’ who will arrange a one-hour, in-depth critiquing session in March at Metal, Chalkwell Hall.
Costs are £54 – £27 for critiquing the work & £27 for the one to one session.
Every Saturday through March, from 12pm – 1pm
Join us for a free guided tour of site-specific digital artworks with a different app to explore each Saturday in March. You will be guided on our family friendly tour using our i-pads through the beautiful Chalkwell Park experiencing it in a whole new way.
All tours are free and family friendly.
EVENTS, TALKS AND WORKSHOPS
CREATIVE JOURNALING WORKSHOP with Heidi Wigmore : THE WATER REPLIES, ESTUARY 2020
Tues 3 March – FREE. 7pm – 9pm
Come along to the first of our five FREE journaling workshops, this one led by visual artist Heidi Wigmore.
Pick up a journal, find inspiration, try new creative techniques, fill some pages and meet fellow ‘journalers’.
We invite anyone living along the Thames Estuary to keep a creative journal about life by the water. How you fill your journal is completely up to you! This opportunity is open to people of all ages and from all walks of life. All journals will be exhibited in a month-long exhibition, as part of the Estuary 2020 festival programme.
Tickets: FREE but booking essential – Book here.
BRAVE NEW WORLDS: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE: A discussion with author John King
Thursday 12 March – FREE. 7PM -8:30PM
John King is the author of nine novels – among them The Football Factory and Human Punk. King is also the co-owner of London Books, where he edits the London Classics imprint. In this discussion, Brian Denny will talk to John about his future-set novel The Liberal Politics of Adolf Hitler, and the influence of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 on this and his writing generally.
They will also explore John’s most recent novel Slaughterhouse Prayer and May Day by John Sommerfield, the latter republished by London Books in 2010. Set in 2018 and 1930s London respectively, offering linked visions of brave new worlds past, present and future.
FUTURE PARK : ESSEX WRITERS HOUSE SPECIAL WITH SADIE DAVIDSON & THE 3 MINUTE WONDERS
Fri 13 March – FREE. 7pm – 10pm
Join us at Metal’s regular creative networking event Future Park, for an Essex Writers House special.
Hear from guest speaker Sadie Davidson, sharing her journey through poetry, with live performances and sharings on her latest project, The Write Track and enjoy a take-over o the 3 Minute Wonders, curated with a local writing group. We look forward to quick-fire sharings from some of Southend’s very own wordsmiths.
Tickets: FREE but booking essential – Book here.
POETRY WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS : THE WATER REPLIES, ESTUARY 2020
Tues 17 March – FREE, 4pm – 6pm
We invite teachers from all subject areas to the first of our free CPD sessions which focus on contemporary poetry inspired by the Thames Estuary. These workshops designed and led by internationally-acclaimed poets Caroline Bird and Selina Nwulu will explore how poetry can be taught and utilised as a compelling resource within the curriculum and for wellbeing.
Tickets: FREE but booking essential – Book here.
‘BE BRAVE’: ESSEX WRITERS HOUSE POETRY SLAM – hosted by Sadie Davidson
Fundraising event for ‘The Write Track’ – £5
Thursday 19 March, 7pm-9pm
Join us for an evening of fun, casual, but competitive poetry in which selected participants will have three minutes to deliver their poem on the theme of ‘Brave’.
Take part or join the audience to decide who wins. All proceeds will go towards ‘The Write Track’ – a creative writing and mentoring programme for disadvantaged and at – risk teens.’
To enter the slam please click here to fill out a very short form. The deadline is 5 March!
To watch the slam : Tickets £5 – Book here.
SITUATED PRACTICE: A ONE DAY CREATIVE WRITING COURSE RELATING TO PLACE
Saturday 21 March – £25, 11AM-5PM
Join us at Essex Writers House for a daytime creative writing course with the support of celebrated author Lee Rourke.
Writing to evoke an unmistakable sense of place, paying attention to people, atmosphere, soundscape and landscape. With the celebrated author Lee Rourke, short-story collection Everyday, the novels The Canal (winner of the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2010), Vulgar Things, and the poetry collections Varroa Destructor and Vantablack. His latest novel Glitch is published by Dead Ink Books. His debut novel The Canal is being adapted to film by Storyhouse Productions, summer 2020.
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: SPOKEN WORD OPEN MIC
Saturday 21 March – £5, 7:30pm doors/ 8:00pm start
This Must Be The Place are the team behind Sundown Arts, an arts organisation famed for showcasing spoken word. Previous artists featured at Sundown included John Hegley, Kate Tempest, Josie Long, Ed Harcourt, Frank Sidebottom, Jim Bob, Luke Wright, Pictish Trail, Isy Suttie, Sofie Hagen, the list goes on! They were also known for their popular spoken word open mic nights. In 2018 Sundown morphed into This Must Be The Place.
This Must Be The Place promises to give the same diversity and creative ethos; concentrating on the “passion behind the ideas”.
Whether you’re a known performer or you’d just like to have a go at sharing your writing with us, ALL are welcome, our audiences are warm and friendly and encouraging!
Sign up on the night with either Jo or Ray, we’ll then call your name at random, 10 mins max on the floor (so everyone gets a chance to read).
LITTLE BUSY BOOK CLUB – from Jacqson Diego Story Emporium
Tuesday 24 March – FREE, 1:30-2:30PM
Our Little Busy Book Club is just like any other book club, except that it’s for children aged 3 – 4 years old (and their grown- ups). We read and share books and we explore the stories and characters in fun ways. There is a book to explore and lots of games and activities to play and do. This session is free, and the book will be on sale at a subsidised price of £6 for anyone who would like continue at home.
Come and join us for some picture book fun!
JOHN EDGELL RICKWORD: TRENCH POET TO LITERARY PIONEER – Talk & discussion
By local journalist & writer Brian Denny
Thursday 26 March – FREE, 7PM-8:30PM
John Edgell Rickword is probably the most influential literary figure you have never heard of. Join us for a fascinating talk about the life and times of this radical Essex writer, a hidden gem of the county’s literary heritage. Born in Colchester in 1898, Rickword thrived on early socialist writers such as William Morris and Jack London before being thrown into the maelstrom of the First World War, serving on the Western Front.
His trench poetry dealt with the inhumanity of war and the love of his fellow soldiers in equal measure. This intriguing character went on to political activism against colonialism and imperialism and to become an influential critic of modernist poetry and writing. He was a publisher in many spheres and made a major contributions in the culture wars against the growing threat of fascism.
Speaker: Local journalist and writer Brian Denny, author of The Definitive Strike – The Great 1919 Railway Strike
This event is supported by publishers Lawrence & Wishart.
TRUE STORIES LIVE WORKSHOP
Friday 27 March – £5, 11.00 – 4.00 (with a break for lunch)
Join the team of professional writers behind TSL who will be hosting a storytelling workshop supporting you to tell true stories from your life, inspired by the theme: “Lost and Found”. You will be invited to perform these tales later that day at TSL evening event. There is no audition process or strict set of criteria – you just have to have a story to tell, inspired by the theme.
Everyone is welcome to the workshop day and there will be tea, coffee and a well-deserved lunch.
True Stories Live is a lively, moving and unpredictable event where people tell true stories from their lives in front of a warm, supportive audience.
TRUE STORIES LIVE: ‘LOST AND FOUND’ in collaboration with THIS MUST BE THE PLACE
Friday 27 March – £5, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
True Stories Live is a lively, moving and unpredictable event where people tell true stories from their lives in front of a warm, supportive audience. There is no audition process or strict set of criteria – you just have to have a story to tell, inspired by the theme. True Stories Live, based in Norwich, is coming to Metal Southend – invited by This Must Be The Place (the team behind Sundown Arts) to work together exclusively for Essex Writers’ House.
During the day, the team of professional writers behind TSL will be hosting a storytelling workshop and the attendees from this are invited to perform their tales later that evening at TSL: Lost and Found – with a few surprise guests!
If sharing your story isn’t for you, come down and join instead our fast-growing audience. In these uncertain times we believe more than ever in the power of community and empathy to galvanise and inspire. This is going to be an exciting, unique night that Essex Writers’ House is proud to introduce and be part of. We’d love you to come and join us, support us and don’t miss out on this brilliant, one-off event!
“I CAME FOR THE FIRST TIME TO TRUE STORIES LAST WEEK AND IT BLEW MY MIND!” – BERTHA
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