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  • TheFED Executive Committee Meeting

    Saturday, 9th September 2017 at 10am - 4pm
    Location: The Friends Meeting House, Cutty's Lane, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1UP

    All members of TheFED are welcome to come to this meeting.


    of the 2017/3 TheFED Executive Committee Meeting

    at The Friends Meeting House
    21 Cutty's Lane, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1UP

    Saturday 9th September 2017

    10.00 – 16.00


    01. Welcome by Chair

    02. Attendance and Apologies

    03. Minutes of the previous meeting

    04. Matters Arising

    05. Appointment of Officers

    06. Chair's Report

    07. Treasurer's Report

    08. Membership Secretary's Report

    09. Festival Co-ordinator's Report

    10. Communications / Website Officer's Report

    11. Archive Officer's Report

    12. Planning

    13. AOB

    14. Date, Time & Place of Next Meeting

  • Poetry Cafe Eastbourne - National Poetry Day - Freedom, a Search for Meaning

    Wednesday, 27th September 2017 at TBD
    Location: The Underground Theatre (Below the Central Library), 1 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TL

  • Small Wonder Short Story Festival

    Wednesday, 27th September 2017 at TBD
    Location: Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL



    Stories of nationality, protest and migration 

    27 Sept - 1 Oct 2017

    Tickets on general sale - Book now

    Small Wonder Festival, the UK's only literary celebration dedicated to the short form, is bijou and (we like to think) beautiful. With 16 sessions across five days, it's a case of blink and you'll miss it - and the same goes for booking tickets! 

    Going, going ... 

    We've already sold out our Writing for Radio Workshop, and  KJ Orr's Exploring Story Worlds Workshop (although we do of course operate a waiting list). 

    If you are an aspiring writer of short fiction, don't miss out on our session with fantastic debut writers Jessie Greengrass and Julianne Pachico, and the publishing folk - editor and agent - who contributed to their success. They will all be available to take your burning 'how to get published' questions. 

    But the beating heart of Small Wonder is our main events programme. Bookings are going very fast, in particular for weekend events - so don't leave it too late! 

    Get your tickets here 

    Stories from here and elsewhere Protest - Stories of Resistance features one of our most credited and esteemed writers of short fiction and poetry, David Constantine, alongside a voice relatively new to the review pages, but already deep in plaudits, Kit de Waal (My Name is Leon). They will read and talk about their contributions to the Protest anthology, a project which paired fiction writers with historians and eyewitnesses to create new work responding to real life moments of protest in the UK: David on the Oxford March responding to 'Rivers of Blood', Kit on the Smethwick Campaign, which saw pub crawls organised to antagonise the colour bars operating in 60s Birmingham. A unique and thought-provoking mid-week session.


    Bringing things up to date, our Friday evening session, Stories of Britishness, on what it means to be 'British' features powerhouses of literature and activism Nikesh Shukla andSalena Godden, whose works range across spoken word, essays, memoir and fiction.

    Last year's anthology The Good Immigrant - a collection of essays, was a watershed moment
     for British publishing. Don't miss their conversation and electric readings with Afua Hirsch, Sky News presenter and author of forthcoming book Brit(ish).

    Nikesh Shukla © Sham Phat Photography


    Refugee Tales was a stand-out session at last year's festival, an electric combination of stories which need to be told, by world class writers who have listened to the stories of those who are in the hell of indefinite detention at the hands of the UK authorities. Neel Mukherjeeand Marina Warner participate in this unmissable event.


    One more thing... 

    Many congratulations to Jon McGregor on his Man Booker longlisting for Reservoir 13!

    Jon will be taking part in two events at Small Wonder on Saturday afternoon, including a unique look at how he developed prequel stories for radio from his Booker-nominated novel.



    Download the brochure
    To book go to

    or call the Festival Booking line on 01323 815150

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    Visiting Charleston during the Festival

    Shuttle bus to and from Lewes station
    Nestled in the South Downs, access to Charleston is via a single lane farm road. If you would prefer not to drive, Cuckmere Community Bus will be running a shuttle service for all Festival events. 
    Plan your visit

    Pre-book a tour of the House
    Learn more about Charleston and its Bloomsbury residents, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, on a guided tour of the House museum. Tours run throughout the Festival. 
    Book House tickets

    Charleston is looked after by The Charleston Trust, an independent charity that receives no public or government funding for its running costs. Information about Charleston and its many other activities and events can be found at

    Copyright © 2017, The Charleston Trust, All rights reserved.
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  • Poetry Cafe - Open Mic & Guest Poet (Eastbourne, E Sussex)

    Wednesday, 27th September 2017 at 7pm
    Location: The Poetry Cafe at The Under Ground Theatre, Grove Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 4TL

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