At Literature Works, we’re always looking for new ways to connect to readers and writers across the region. We aim to open up access to literature events and opportunities and to support writers in the development of their craft.

In late 2020, we were pleased to offer Annual Fund support to Weston Writers’ Nights, an organisation which aims to increase the opportunities for people in Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding areas to engage with creative writing. They do this by by providing supportive spaces for writers of all abilities to come together and learn about the writing world while developing their work. Their work includes producing evening events, writing workshops, a printed magazine, open mic nights and work with the local community, giving local emerging writers a platform to develop and showcase their work. The grant they received will be funding a postal exchange workshop and story trail.

Working with organisations such as Weston Writers’ Nights allows us to broaden our reach across the region. At the end of last year, as part ‘High Street Tales’, a project run by Historic England, Literature commissioned writer Rebecca Tantony to explore the high street tale of Weston-super-Mare. We have teamed up with Weston Writers’ Nights to celebrate the work Rebecca produced (launching shortly), at an online event on 25th February. ‘Ask an author with Rebecca Tantony’ will explore her career as a writer and she will share her commissioned high street tale ‘The Women of number 11’.

This event is a partnership between Literature Works and Weston Writers’ Nights and takes place as part of their Writing Weekender, providing literature events online at the time when Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival would have been taking place. This event is free to join and you can book your place, here.

Over the course of three weeks in February Literature Works is also offering six bookable online one-to-one advice surgeries for writers in Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding area. These sessions will be running on 8th, 15th and 22nd February. For details of how to book one of these sessions, please contact Weston Writers’ Nights directly via hello@westonwritersnights.co.uk or via their Facebook page.

Speaking about the collaboration with Literature Works, Jasmin Perry, founder of Weston Writers’ Nights said: “Weston Writers’ Nights are thrilled to be working with Literature Works on an Ask an Author event with Rebecca Tantony, showcasing her high street tale, and a series of one-to-one advice surgeries for writers in Weston. These will be incredibly beneficial for local writers in helping them to develop their work, connecting them with opportunities across the region, and empowering them to take their writing further.”