Icebreaker - Private Peaceful
In every sense, 1918 was the climatic year of the Great War on the Western Front. To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Icebreaker this year (using a variety of dramatic devices) will use an extract from Michael Morpurgo’s poignant, award winning novel, Private Peaceful. No previous drama experience is needed, just a willingness to work with others collaboratively.
Led by Julia Pattison
What are You Writing Now?
Novel or short story, history or autobiography, come and share what you are working on with friends and fellow writers. Everyone is welcome to join Kate McCormick to share and hear what others are working on.
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 can be made up on the night so come along as it’s a great way to meet people.
Hosted by Joy Bounds and Jane Wiltshire.Questions set by Shirley Waite and Suzanne High.
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
Swanwick at Seventy
This being a milestone year, come along and enjoy a light-hearted and lavishly illustrated talk, as Roy Devereux and friends, draw on a sackful of memories, pictures and sounds to recall the highlights of 70 years of the Writers’ Summer School.
Prose Open Mic
For the second year running 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 Disco
We always hold a themed Fancy Dress Disco during the week and this year the theme is the 1940's. 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 if you want to dress up for the Tuesday Tea Dance. There is a trophy for the best costume. 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.
1940's Tea Dance
Transport yourself back to the 1940's, dust off your dancing shoes and have your dance card ready. To celebrate our 70th anniversary we are having a 1940's tea dance, with tea and cake and music from the era. Come along and share your dance knowledge and enjoy some old time dances. Dress up in costume if you wish, but this is not compulsory. Dance cards will be available from the morning.
Hosted by Katherine Bolton
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! Hosted by Joy Bounds, ably assisted by Jane Wiltshire. Questions set by Suzanne High and Shirley Waite
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.
Co-ordinator – Jonathan Higgs.
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, present ‘The Swannies’, our very own Oscars for the Page to Stage writers and performers, and draw 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.