Café Writers

Cafe Writers is a dynamic Norwich-based writers’ network, which exists to promote new and established writers throughout Norfolk and beyond. It holds readings at Wensum Lodge and annual short story and poetry competitions, and has recently been awarded lottery funding to expand its activities and reach a wider audience. Café Writers meets on the second Monday of each month from 7.45 for 8pm start at Jurnet's Bar, Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich NR1.

Next meeting Monday 4th March 09. Guests: Pat Borthwick and Naked Poets

Pat Borthwick has recently moved to rural East Yorkshire. She has three full-length collections of poetry, most recently, Admiral FitzRoy’s Barometer (Templar Oct. 2008). She is renowned for her sparkling workshops and readings and has been a first prizewinner in many prestigious competitions including the Amnesty International, the AngloCanadian Petra Kenney, the ItalianPoetry on the Lake and The Blue Nose Poet of the Year. Currently she is a Senior Tutor in Creative Writing for the Open College of the Arts.

The Naked Poets is a performance group that has emerged from the West Runton Poetry Group which meets every two weeks at the Village Inn. Tonight they have chosen poems on the theme - a little late for Valentine's - 'Love Stripped Bare.'

The line up is as follows
First Set
Poem by Tish Kerkham (all take part)
Dot Cobley
Peter Watson
Tish Kerkham

Second Set
Hilary Stanton (first poem is for 6 voices)
Ryan Pugh
Hilary Mellon
Reprise to Tish Kerkham's opening poem (all take part)

For more information on guests and future events visit



After twenty years playing in rock bands, Martin Newell became a successful poet and broadcaster in 1990. He became known as an antidote to what he calls ‘the well serious brigade’, performing rude rock-culture poems at breakneck speed. He has since published ten collections of verse and one pop memoir, writing for The Independent for 15 years before taking up his current post as poet in residence at the Sunday Express, making him the UK’s most published poet. When not gardening, writing books or making music at his home in Essex, he occasionally appears on TV and as a guest presenter on Radios 3 and 4.

Mon 20th April
8PM : £5.00 : SEATED


Kindred Spirits - a Norfolk novel by Lucy McCarraher

When author, Lucy McCarraher, had recently moved from London into a 17th century, South Norfolk farmhouse, she was visited by a psychic friend. That evening, a spirit made contact, giving his name and position in the local churchyard. The man wanted Lucy, it seemed, to tell his story and “right the wrong” that was done to him in the 1940s.

Read more on Kindred Spirits


Common Writers

Three published writers and experienced creative writing teachers offer creative writing workshops with a difference on the edge of Wortham Common in the countryside near Diss. Find your writing voice on one of our Taster Days for life writing, fiction and poetry, or develop your skills during day long Masterclasses in short story writing, life writing and the novel. Masterclasses include one on one tutorials as well as group work and advice on getting published. Click for more information


New Chapbook Publisher

Ink Sweat & Tears, the South Norfolk - based poetry & prose webzine, has launched a chapbook publishing venture. It is currently accepting submissions
from prose poets with collections of up to 30 pages of text. Authors are not charged any fees or production costs and receive 4 free copies plus a 20% royalty on all copies sold.
 Ink Sweat & Tears will be selling its chapbooks online via its own PayPal site as well as on Amazon. Ink Sweat & Tears first chapbook is the British Haiku Society's 2008 members anthology 'Building' - available, price £3.00 inc p&p, from


The Wrong Woman & The 39 Steps

Village Stage and Village Screen are joining forces in this event to present an evening of live performance followed by a classic film. West Brom wonder Madeleine Carroll was Alfred Hitchcock’s magic ingredient, helping him to break into Hollywood in the 1930’s. Find out more about this unsung heroine of early British (and American) movies in a short drama about the making of The 39 Steps.

Tickets in advance: Adults £7.50
Children & Concessions £6.50
Family Ticket £26
On the door: Adults £8.50
Children & Concessions £7.50
Family Ticket £30

For more information and booking details visit the Creative Arts East website