BWC - What we Do
The Basingstoke Writers' Circle welcomes budding writers of all abilities. The Circle's aim is to offer a friendly, welcoming, informative, fun and encouraging environment that helps members develop their poetry, prose, article or other specialist writing skills. STOP PRESS - Annual BWC Open Mic Poetry event - doors open 6.30pm for 7 o'clock start. Performers - you can read up to 3 poems (any topic, max 40 lines) - book token prize for the poem gaining the loudest applause on the night! Venue - South Ham Library on Tuesday 4th July. Entry £3.50.
The group usually meets on the fourth Tuesday of each calendar month. The venue is currently the United Reformed Church (URC) on London Street, Basingstoke RG21 7NU. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 27th June and will commence at the normal time of 8pm., concluding at around 10pm.There will be time for members to read their own recently written work including homework project material.
Our core activities are complemented by inviting along guest speakers - often (local) published authors - who pass on their tips and writing experiences. Member led initiatives, writing challenges, community focused activities and ‘open-mike’ or poetry ‘slam’ events complete the picture. All these activities are voluntary and members are also encouraged to participate and help in the running of the club and come up with their own ideas. Past examples include our 'Bucket of Frogs' CD starring our friend the BWC Frog, our latest Anthology 'Destinations... Basingstoke & Beyond' and most recently, the publishing of members' Stephen Bibby and Tony Corbin's debut novels .