Sunday, 12 August 2018


So much to do, so little time
#Swanwick70 - Day 1

Hurray! I’ve arrived at Swanwick Writers’ School. This is the platinum anniversary, 70 years since the first event in 1948. There are 297 delegates of whom I know only a few but that doesn’t matter. There is a wonderful camaraderie because of our shared interest in writing.

One of the initial steps is to decide what specialist courses, workshops and short courses to attend. There is so much choice and not enough time.

If I could turn back time...
Then there are the social events. When I was here two years ago the Poetry Open Mic and Buskers’ Night were both fabulous with so many talented performers. As from last year a Prose Open Mic has been added. All three are expected to be oversubscribed so it may be a case of drawing names from a box.

There are two discos, a tea dance, parties on the lawn, plays to be performed, the list goes on and on. I have heard more than one person wish for one of JK Rowling’s Time Turners so they can fit more in.

I should be sensible and pace myself. I know I should. But it’s hard to resist all the wonderful opportunities laid out in the timetable.

Oh well. #Swanwick70, here I come!


  1. Have a fabulous time Bea, I've been on a few occasions as a day guest and it was great! Keep saying one day, when time permits, I'm going to do the week!

    1. Thanks, Maria. I’m loving every minute of it. Perhaps we might even meet here one year.