WORDS of Bromsgrove - Updates

Thursday, October 7th is " National Poetry Day " and it will be celebrated all day at Bromsgrove Library.

Please see the poster here, and if you wish to know more, or would like to participate, please contact Bronwen Raza at the Library or email her at braza@worcestershire.gov.uk.


Update 6/9/21

We are pleased to advise you that tickets for the next WORDS Event, at 12 midday on Wednesday, October 6th in the New Gueston Hall at Avoncroft Museum, when we welcome the author Joanna Toye, are now on sale.

All the tickets, at £10 each, are being sold online via the " Ticket Source " Website.

The number of tickets for sale is restricted to 55, and they are being sold on a " first come, first served " basis.


Update 30/7/21

Bromsgrove And Its Poets

On Monday, July 26th, a short film about Bromsgrove and its Poets was premiered at the Methodist Centre in Bromsgrove. It featured four Bromsgrove poets - A.E.Housman, Geoffrey Hill, Molly Holden and Sally Purcell.

The film was made by Maz Salmou, a former Syrian TV front line reporter, who has been living and working in Bromsgrove now for three years. Maz has a degree in Fine Arts and a journalism certificate from London College of Communications.

See his website: www.mazbroadcast.com

The film was made with the support of BRWR, WORDS, The Bromsgrove Arts Alive Charitable Trust, The Bromsgrove Society, The Housman Society and Bromsgrove District Council.

Maz plans a follow up, featuring Bromsgrove's Contemporary Poets, to be made in the autumn. Jo Freeman of Severn Arts and the Worcestershire Young Poet Laureate, Faith Taylor, who lives in Bromsgrove, will be planning this.

You can watch " Bromsgrove and Its Poets", part one, by following this link.


Update 13/7/21

Kate Shaw, who together with Jennie McGregor Smith and Margaret Cooper founded WORDS in the late 1970's, and who for many years has been the driving force behind WORDS, has decide to step down from being Chair.

WORDS is too valuable, as part of the "cultural offer " of Bromsgrove, to let it die and so I have offered my services to act as Chair for the next two / three of years.

Kate will be staying on the Committee as Minutes Secretary, so we will have still the benefit of her experience, Joy Lloyd Taylor will be Acting Treasurer and Supporters Secretary, Pam Yarwood has joined the Committee as Vice Chair, Sonia French is Archives Secretary and Pat Tansell and Matt Vivian are ex officio Committee Members.

We have " outsourced " the running of the Website to Tom Mayman of Mayman Design.

We do need a Supporter to act as Treasurer. It is not a very arduous task - there are not any membership fees to be collected, and we intend to have four / five events a year, so what is needed is for someone to keep track of the revenue from the ticket sales and the agreed expenses incurred by the artists.

If you have basic bookkeeping skills, that should be fine, so if you are prepared to support WORDS by joining the Committee to take on the role, please contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Nick Taylor, Chairman
nhtaylor44@gmail.com / 07988-083101


Update 8/7/21

As we come out of the most recent lockdown, the good news is that WORDS is very much alive and kicking, thanks to the success of our events in 2019 and to the very successful Ann Cleeves event at Artrix in February of last year.

At a recent Committee Meeting of WORDS, we made the decision that the increasing rollout of the anti Covid 19 vaccines, and the ongoing consequent reduction in the number of cases of the disease, meant that we could start making plans for the introduction of live events (as opposed to “ Zoom " Events) in the autumn of this year.  

Thus we have pencilled in our first event for lunchtime on Wednesday, October 6th in The New Guesten Hall at Avoncroft Museum. The speaker will be Mary Cutler, who for forty years years was a writer for “ The Archers “ and in the early ’90’s was the Literature Development Worker in Worcestershire.

For now, the exact format of the event is “ flexible “ and will depend on the government regulations at the time, but at this stage we envisage having a buffet lunch event, with admission by tickets bought in advance.

All being well, our programme in 2022 will include talks - “ From Script to Screen “ - by Peter Lloyd, the Series Producer of “ Doctors “, the long running lunchtime drama on BBC 1, and “ This Sporting Life “ by Pat Murphy, the prolific author and BBC broadcaster on sporting matters, both of which we had to cancel in 2020. We are working currently on future events and welcome any suggestions from you for any speakers that you would like us to try to bring to Bromsgrove.

Please keep an eye on the website, as we will start to update it over the next few months.

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