The Gift of Words

With Christmas almost upon us, why not give someone you love – which might be yourself! – a gift that will go on giving throughout the New Year. Inspiring writing courses, subscriptions and, of course, wonderful books are on offer from some of our excellent local writers. Here is a small selection.

Hurry along to The Book Room on St John’s Road in Tunbridge Wells. This pop-up treasure trove has been created by local writer Anna Wharton and curated by fellow authors. With Christmas book ‘hampers’ available as well as children’s books, this is the perfect place to find wordy treats – but it is only popping up till Christmas Eve, so don’t wait!

In need of writing inspiration? Then look no further!

For writing prompts, reading suggestions, poems & more, Sarah Salway offers a subscription to her monthly Substack newsletter, Everyday Words, for just £5 – but there is a free offer at the moment so don’t hesitate!

For in-person writing guidance, Charlie Bell offers popular courses suitable for all levels. Poet, educator and Chair of our festival committee, Charlie brings a wealth of experience to his friendly and accessible classes in the Tunbridge Wells area.

Don’t forget that the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society hosts a monthly meeting and offers peer-led poetry workshops for members to receive feedback on their writing. The meetings are a mix of in-person and online events, each featuring a renowned guest poet, often with open mic opportunities. Meetings are free to members (annual membership just £15 – a perfect Christmas gift for anybody interested in poetry!) and £3 for guests.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Wordy Christmas!

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