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ARTSWORDS - a programme of Literature Development activities, in Swindon

Wednesday 25 October 2017 

ARTSWORDS, part of the Swindon Libraries Outreach work, is a programme of reading, writing, and related activities.

In November, ARTSWORDS brings two fascinating authors and speakers to the town.

Specifically for mothers interested in creative writing, ARTSWORDS runs a Mum’s the Word Writing Group at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month at Lower Shaw Farm in West Swindon.

At the next one at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 November, Swindon mums are invited to join the group to hear from London-based mum, writer, and celebrity PA Donna Coulling, who will give a talk titled ‘The Motherhood Balance – how writing feeds and frees us!’

Donna, the author of a forthcoming non-fiction novel, will be sharing her story and offering advice on balancing motherhood, family life, a career, and writing. Donna, whose mantra is ‘If you don’t try you’ll never know’, will give tips and provide motivation for all mums looking to begin or continue their writing journey.

Entry to the event is £2 and includes a complimentary drink plus free admission to December’s Mum’s the Word event.  

To reserve a place, email  or ring Emma on 07960 594 887.

For anyone interested in telling their story or hearing others tell theirs, ARTSWORDS brings international storyteller Cat Weatherill to town to talk about The Art of Storytelling.

Cat will appear at the Swindon Central Library at 7pm on Thursday 9 November. She will entertain with stories of her own from around the world and then lead a discussion on the art of storytelling.

Cat will invite people to attend further sessions in Swindon, in which she will help anyone who wants to develop the skills to tell their own stories, maybe even to a live audience, at the next Swindon Festival of Literature.

Whether Swindon born and bred, or someone who has recently moved and settled here, Cat wants to hear your stories.

Everyone has a story to tell, so everyone is welcome! To book your free place, visit  and search for Swindon/Cat Weatherill/Our Stories or email or call 01793 466454.

Also, for anyone keen on fiction and factual writing, ARTSWORDS runs a monthly Writers’ Cafe, on the last Thursday of the month at Lower Shaw Farm. The next two are at 7pm on 26 October and 30 November.

Cllr Mary Martin, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Place, said: “These upcoming events are a fantastic way to develop literature skills and to meet new people to share skills and tips with. I hope that anyone who attends finds the sessions interesting and inspiring.”

For further information about any ARTSWORDS activity or event, contact Matt Holland at  or Leon Flower at  or ring 01793 771080.