The Travelling Bookstall at Appleshaw St Peter’s Fete

On Saturday from 12pm till 4, we are going to be up at Appleshaw School. This time as well as all the children’s books, we are taking ALL the pre-loved (second hand) books we’ve been donated. 50p a book or 3 for a £1.00. Bargain

Our aim is to raise enough funds to be able to hire the hall at the Wellington centre. Cat’s Writing Room is helping us run the poetry cafes there one Saturday a month. We don’t want to clash with the poetry nights put on at The Lamb at all which is why we are calling them performance cafes.

Our focus will still be poetry but there are other word forms and we are looking at Pop Up Bar de Arts as our role model. They have short theatre pieces and monologues and short comic skits which makes the evening varied and fun.

Why the Wellington Centre? Easy access from town, easy access if you have a wheel chair, a price that isn’t too steep and not a pub. Younger members of Big Up Words have pointed out, they have no where to perform and they can’t go to a pub.

So there you go, pop along to Appleshaw St Peter’s and pick up a bargain and support our local authors and writers.

The Travelling Bookstall is visiting Overton

On Saturday April 12th the Big Up Words travelling bookstall will be joining Bees’ Nest Books at Overton Country Market, St Mary’s hall Overton in Hampshire. The market is open from 10am to 1pm. We will be selling and promoting word-related products produced by some of our members, including Margaret Armand-Smith, Bryan Beggs, Ivor Bundell, Elwyn Bull, Oonagh Pope, Cat Randle, River Anton Writers, Steve Scholey, Sally Startup and Ken Towell. Do come along to shop and say hello.

Battered Moons Poetry 2014 competition


I’ve copied this straight from the Arts Worlds Newsletter which comes from our poetry people in Swindon.

The fifth BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION opened on the 1st March 2014 to all UK residents aged 18 or over and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Main judge David Morley, and Cristina Newton, will both read all the poems.

Steve Scholey one of our members was runner up last year. If you’d like a physical copy of their book, we have it for sale on The Travelling Bookstall.

Click on Battered Moons to go to their site and read more…