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Launching Wassailing

Wednesday 17 June, 6.30pm, Free Word Centre, London, EC1R 3GA

This evening Arvon and Jerwood Charitable Foundation launch Wassailing, an anthology of works from writers on the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme 2014/15.

Over the course of the year nine writers have benefit from dedicated support and guidance with their writing from dedicated mentors, two residential weeks at an Arvon centre, plus additional industry advice.This evening celebrates the launch of this anthology, Wassailing, a culmination of the writers progress over the year. Each place on the scheme,and the production of this anthology is fully supported.

“At the end of our mentoring year, we spent a fruitful week at Totleigh Barton. We led workshops for each other, shared readings of our work and exchanged tips from our mentors. Amongst all this, we were persuaded to go wassailing in the Totleigh Barton orchard. Outside, wassailing cups in hand, we banged sticks and dustbin lids and chanted the wassailers’ song as if it really did have the power to strengthen the trees. Back in the house and listening to each other read, we realised we were all performing a kind of wassailing in our writing. We were deep in the woods of our work, banging and crashing about as we composed a kind of charm, a spell of strong verbs to make something live – and bear fruit. So, we raise a cup to the next year. Wassail!”

– The writers

The event will feature readings of each of the writers work, plus cider (other drinks also available!) and canapés in the Free Word Centre hall.

Plays from Caroline Gray, Cathy Thomas, Andrew Thompson

Fiction from Sarah Franklin, Susie Hales, Grahame Williams

Poetry from Holly Corfield Carr, Ian Dudley, Debris Stevenson


Please note: This event is guest list only. To inquire about attendance please contact Suzie Jones on 0207 324 2554 or



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