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As part of this year’s So:To Speak Festival we will be holding two women’s writing workshops, on Thursday 19th October and Saturday 21st October. So: Write Women has been running since January 2017 and the ethos of the group is to provide a safe, supportive space for women to express themselves and create new writing....
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You arrive in Britain seeking asylum. You’re standing outside Heathrow. Where now? There’s as National Express headed to Swansea via Cardiff, and you knew a man who had been there once, so you get on. That was the moment in 1999 that shaped the life in Britain of Eric Ngalle Charles, author, poet, playwright, cultural...
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Do you write poetry? We are looking for the best Spoken Word piece on the theme “Southampton is the people”, and we have a £100 prize for its writer. All you have to do is submit a video of you performing your piece to the SO: To Speak Festival Facebook page. Who decides which is...
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When I found out Downton’s Cathy Sara would be starring in Jane Austen and the Waterman, I was just that bit excited, despite not having watched the programme myself. So I rang my mother, causing crochet to be put to the side and some internet research to be done. She recognised Cathy instantly. Turns out,...
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Today we welcome Alex Thornber, host of regular open-mic night, Use Your Words, and a writer in his own, well, right. Use Your Words is on Wednesday 25th October. Where are you from? In the physical life I have lived I’m originally from Chandler’s Ford. I moved around for a few years but never felt...
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I have some more insider information about Jane Austen and the Waterman. You will have heard the news about the piano and the ballroom (and Professor Plum?) but there is something else. Those of you who have viewed the event page for our premiering play will know that it is about a fictional meeting between...
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Today we welcome psychological thriller writer A J Waines (Alison) to the blog. Alison will be in conversation with, well, me, on Wednesday 25th October from 7:30pm at The Docks Coffee House on Oxford Street. Tickets are available on Eventbrite (and include a cup of excellent coffee or tea). Where are you from? I moved...
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“When I first started, back in the old days the older men that didn’t think that women should be here. … There were not many women there at the time. It was a bit scary to start with, but you sort have got to be a little bit mouthy as well. … The first two...
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There is a particular treat to be had for those attending the matinee performances of Jane Austen and the Waterman on 22nd October – the backing music, performed live, will be played on an old piano. But not just any old piano. In channelling Marks and Spencer, we must add that this is a Square...
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Today we welcome to the blog Nazneen Ahmed, Writer In Residence of the Southampton libraries. Nazneen will be running a fantasy writing workshop for children on Tuesday 24th October from 10:30am at the Central Library. Tickets are free but booking is essential, please see below; Nazneen will also be taking part in the Southampton Showboat....
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