Fund raising for the Charroux Litfest 2015

Chris and Kate spent a  mainly dry morning in Alloue at the car boot sale- fundraising for the Literary Festival. Thanks to all who came past our stall for your encouragement. When the rain turned from a drizzle to a flood, we made for home, hot baths, and a good bottle of red.2015-04-26 08.37.16

A writing day with author Michèle Roberts

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Michèle Roberts and Gordon Simms

Spent a wonderful day on Saturday in St Clémentin with the poet and author  Michèle Roberts – she gave an inspiring workshop exploring the use of memoir in writing. The event was organised by Gordon and Jocelyn Simms who will be at the Charroux Literary Festival 2015 in South West France, hosting sessions on script writing and poetry. Join us at

Jocelyn and Gordon organize the Segora International writing competitions. This years deadline is 15th June . You can find more information on


Katherine Gallagher to present a Stevie Smith workshop at the Charroux Literary Festival August 2015

Katherine Gallagher will be presenting a workshop ‘Not waving but drowning’* based on the work  and life of the poet Stevie Smith.  Thursday 27th August 2015 10.30-12.30. Katherine comments that Smith is heartbreakingly alert, sad, witty, funny, and has an enormous range of poems from the comic to the tragic to the fantastical. She engages with myths and fairy tales, always roaming from the bizarre to the tragic.

*© Stevie Smith   (From Not Waving But Drowning, 1957)

Booking for the Charroux Literary Festival 2015 is now open!

27,28,29 August in the medieval town of Charroux in the Poitou-Charentes region of South West France. Take a look at the programme  and the authors and book here booking/enregistrant.