Icebreaker - Jonah-Man Jazz
Jonah-Man Jazz, by Michael Hurd, is a fun rhyming re-telling of the story Jonah and the Whale. The focus will be on choral speaking and having fun with words, beats and rhythms. An all inclusive activity and an opportunity to work with others collaboratively.
Hosted by Julia Pattison.
Birds of a Feather
An informal opportunity to meet other writers and would-be writers who share your genre interests. Come along to chat, swap contact details or maybe organise your own genre meet-up during Swanwick week.
Hosted by Cathy Grimmer and Lance Greenfield Mitchell.
Spoiler alert – this is not a highbrow quiz! Questions could be on Enid Blyton or Emily Bronte, on Contemporary or Classic, Humour or Horror, with the emphasis being firmly on having an enjoyable evening. Teams (of four to six people) can be made up on the night so come along as it’s a great way to meet people.
Poetry Open Mic
Calling all poets! Our ‘open mic’ session is a fantastic opportunity to share your work with other poets or, if you’re not a poet, this is an ideal opportunity to sit back and be entertained.
Bring a drink, find a seat and enjoy this relaxed and informal read-around.
Hosted by Les Baynton
Prose Open Mic
Our Prose Open Night offers a great opportunity to share your work with others. You have five minutes to share your story, or a whole evening to listen to some fabulous stories from others. An interval will be included so glasses can be refreshed.
Hosted by Jennifer Wilson.
Fancy Dress Evening and Disco
We always hold a themed Fancy Dress Evening and Disco during the week and this year the theme is Flower Power.
While we encourage everyone to get into the spirit of the event you’re just as welcome to join in even if you don’t want to dress up. There is a brilliant fancy dress shop called Jolly Jesters located in the local village. We have negotiated special rates for delegates and if you book and pre-pay for your costume, they will deliver it to the Hayes on Monday morning during coffee, and collect your costume on the Wednesday.
You can contact Jolly Jesters on: 01773 609 616 or see their website: www.jollyjesters.co.uk. Please quote ‘WRITING’ to get your special discount.
General Knowledge Quiz
Have fun and test your general knowledge at the same time. Nothing too taxing – no dimmed lights, black armchairs or starters for ten – just an entertaining and wide-ranging quiz. Teams to comprise four to six members, but come along and join us, whatever your number – teams can be made up on the night and it’s a great way to meet people.
There’ll even be (modest) prizes for members of the winning team!
Our Buskers Night is one of our most popular evening events. A PA is provided if you need one, and we have a few talented guitar/instrument players who will be happy to accompany you if you wish. If you’re not a performer, but like to watch – then bring a drink, find a seat and enjoy the show.
Led by Mark Iveson.
Page To Stage Performances
The Page To Stage plays that were cast on Tuesday are performed tonight. Page to stage is a very popular and enjoyable evening, so please come along and support these special performances. At the end of the evening, you will be invited to vote for your favourites and the Awards will be presented at the farewell on Thursday evening.
Coordinators – Jonathan Higgs and Cathy Grimmer.
Our final evening starts with the traditional part on the lawn.
Dress up if you want to, bring a bottle and enjoy!
Awards & Farewell
Join us after dinner for the last evening, where we’ll be awarding prizes, presenting ‘The Swannies’, our very own Oscars for the Page to Stage writers and performers, and we'll be drawing the raffle. First prize is a free place at next year’s school!
Last Night Disco.
A final chance to get your dancing shoes on and boogie the night away.