Celebrating Merton’s New Writers at Southside House

On Sunday, BookFest celebrated Merton’s New Writers at the historic Southside House.

The event celebrated the publication of a short story & poetry anthology, produced by the writers following a Creative Writing course.

Hosted by BookFest and kindly supported by Merton Libraries and Arts Council England, the workshops took place over three weeks in Colliers Wood, Morden and Wimbledon libraries. The workshops gave attendees the opportunity to develop their story-writing skills and produce a piece for a published anthology.

The writers were joined by family and friends to hear readings from the anthology, enjoy a drinks reception and explore the historic and beautiful Southside House.

Dating back to the 18th century, Southside House is a cultural landmark in Wimbledon and has hosted memorable music and theatre evenings as well as numerous literary workshops and other arts events. Its new owners generously offered the house’s beautiful music room and garden for this event.

The workshops were organised by poet and playwright Tim Atkins, who ran the Morden sessions along with fellow writers Saima Mir (Colliers Wood) and Juan Tafur (Wimbledon).

Participants said,

“Tim was an excellent guide. His style of teaching was informative and engaging and he made the sessions fun.”

“Juan was very impressive, and had very useful advice for a novice on a wide selection of writing techniques.”

“Saima Mir facilitated this course with energy and enthusiasm. Highly inclusive, brilliant communication of skills & practice”

The course was run as part of our NPO work, with free places offered to residents in postcodes CR4, CR7, SM3 and SM4.


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