Make History Your Inspiration... 4 October 2014

on Friday, 26 September 2014.

Writer in Residence

We’re delighted to be joined by Joe Roberts, a novelist, travel writer and a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller. Joe has published two collections of travel writing; “Three-quarters of a Footprint: Travels in South India” and “Abdul's Taxi To Kalighat: Impressions of Calcutta”.   He is also the author of the novel “Bengal, the Cold Weather 1873: A Dream of Edward Lear in India”.

Joe uses history as an inspiration to write and will be getting stuck into the archives at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on 4th October.

Come along between 11am-3pm, ask him your writing questions, find out more about his work and get inspired. At the same time explore some of the rich resources the History Centre has to offer.

Joe will also be a Guest Tutor on 11th October for our regular writing course. To find out more about the next writing course call the History Centre on 01249 705500 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For your diary - Future Writers in Residence at WSHC:  4th November, 5th December and 22nd January.

Look forward to seeing you!

Writing for Children... tips from the expert! 10 September 2014, 10.30-3pm

on Tuesday, 09 September 2014.

We are lucky to have a children's author with us as Writer in Residence on Wednesday 10 Septemeber 2014.

Martin Coleman is a published author of humorous children’s stories. His books are listed among Waterstones ‘Top Rated Products’, are endorsed by eighteen celebrities and media figures and he is soon to be published in a book of short stories along with four other authors, including British novelist Anthony Horowitz and former poet laureate, Sir Andrew Motion. Join Martin as he spends the day in the archives and expertly rewrites the 16th Century story Sir William Sharington and the Lacock pardon. 

Whilst working on his story Martin will be more than happy to answer your questions, talk about his journey as an author and give encouragement and advice.

Feel free to call in at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on Wednesday 10th September between 10.30am-3pm to meet Martin, ask questions, get inspired and have a go at writing something yourself.

Future Writers in Residence sessions have been planned for 4th October, 4th November, 5th December and 22nd January, details to follow.


For Budding Poets... Writer in Residence 24 June 2014 11am to 3pm

on Thursday, 05 June 2014.

Grace Gauld, a Wiltshire based poet, is the Writer in Residence at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on Tuesday 24 June from 11am to 3pm.  Grace draws much of the inspiration for her poetry from Scotland where she was born.  Grace is a published poet and has performed widely at events, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  As a previous facilitator of the former Poetry Cafe at Salisbury Arts Centre Grace has explored issues such as anger and self identity, and has also performed at the Frome Poetry Society.  An example of Grace’s work can be read here

Grace’s published work has been published in magazines and anthologies, including "South", "Tears in the Fence", "Iota" and "The Word".  From time to time Grace works in schools, runs workshops and has also had experience of being a resident poet, most recently Grace was a guest tutor on the Now In Then Creative Writing Group – a project that has received Arts Council England funding and offers writer the chance to use the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre resources for inspiration and research (more for the forthcoming term can be found here - Grace has an interest in the woods and landscape of Wiltshire, with a special interest in Grovely Woods which are rich in history and have influenced writers such as the poet Edward Thomas.  During her residency she will be researching these topics and says "I am looking forward to the exploration of materials and finding out where it might lead."

Grace would love to meet local poets; so whether you are experienced, a novice, or just thinking about taking up poetry, why not pop into the History Centre to talk to Grace and gain some insights into her work?  This is a valuable opportunity to share your own poetry and get advice from a published poet and also explore some of the rich resources the History Centre has to offer.

Make the Most of a Writer in Residence - Tuesday 20th May 2014

on Saturday, 17 May 2014.

Wiltshire Scriptwriter Richard Conlon will be basing himslf at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre on Tuesday 20th May 2014 from 11am- 3pm in the Local Studies area.

Come along and have a chat with him to receive advice on your creative writing, ideas on how to turn your research into creative writing, including performance, chat about his work and find out more about using the History Centre as an inspirational resource.

Richard's plays for young people have been published by Heinmann and his work has been staged in theatres such as the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond and also as far afield as the USA and New Zealand.


Chippenham Creative Writing Group at WSHC

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

! for adults, led by a professional writer

! all genres – novels, short stories, poetry, play writing, new media

! using historical artefacts and documents as inspiration

 This highly successful project is back again on Saturday Mornings, 10am-1pm, with a new theme: First World War in Wiltshire

       12 July  26 July  9 August  30 August  27 September
11 October  25 October 8 November

       Book now to avoid disappointment

Cost:  £20 for 8 x 3 hour sessions, plus expert mentoring

For more information T: 01249 705531 or E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To book, T: 01249 705500 or E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students must be able to commit to all sessions

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