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ArtBeat 2015 Literature and Poetry Events

Short Story Competition entrants at ArtBeat 2015This year we have a combination of writing workshops, poetry performances, people talking about writing and a quiz. Plus a competition!

Short Story Writing Competition

The competition is now closed and the winners will be announced on Sunday 21st June, 11am at Fingerprints Cafe. Huge thanks to the following sponsors for donating prizes:

  • Toni Fazaeli  – for the short story awards – 14 and over
  • Alan Tuckett – for the short story awards – under 14
  • Luithlen Agency (Penny Kitchener) – short story awards under 14
  • Marc Thorley – LOROS  Bookshop – Pub Book Quiz prizes

Family Events

We have events for all ages. For younger children there will be a workshop on how to make up a fairy story led by local writer Polly Tuckett and an after school storytelling session with Ruth Fraser.

There will be two workshops for teenagers. One on drama led by the lively OnCue Arts; and the other for those who want to blog about music led by Michelle Dhillon, founder of

Poetry on Toast at ArtBeat 2015Poetry

Poet and performer Liz Gray leads on reading and performing poetry, whether it is your own work or that of somebody else. If they want to, people will then be able to practise their skills at the Poetry on Toast open mic session the following morning.

Memoir Writing

Many people are interested in writing a memoir. This may be because they think their life might be of interest to others or because they simply want to make sense of it themselves. Mary Essinger will be running a workshop to encourage people to delve into their memory banks and start writing.


There are two With Great Pleasure events, one at South Lodge, and the other at Vernon House. People are encouraged to bring something to read that they particularly enjoy, share it with others and say why they particularly like it.


On Monday evening local writers Mashuda Snaith, Liz Gray and Stuart Hill will be talking about their work and the process of writing.  Readers are often aspiring writers and may be curious to know how to get the creative juices flowing. Where do you begin with a story? Is it the plot, the place or the characters; or a combination of all three? Or is there something else that acts as a wellspring to people’s ideas? Questions, questions. Why not come along to ask some more and get the answers?

Quiz Time!

Finally, for those of you who like quizzes, we will be running our first pub book quiz on Tuesday evening. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a whizz at the quiz or want to form a team with your friends and join in the fun, why not come along?  There will be prizes!

For further information about all these events check out the Festival Programme. There you will see a day-by-day calendar with dates, times, venues and, where appropriate, booking arrangements.