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Portsmouth Writers' Hub presents The Spontaneous Writing Booth

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In 2018 as part of BookFest, the Portsmouth Writes’ Hub will be setting up a Spontaneous Writing Booth at the Portsmouth Book Fair in Southsea Library. This will be on Friday 2rd March 11am-3pm. You are very welcome to be one of the booth writers at any point throughout the day, for the whole day, for ten minutes or an hour? You will be paid a pound a poem/story by members of the public.

Just download your free ticket so we can publicise you as one of our writers on the day on the event blurb.

If you would like a little bit of a 'training session' before being a writer at this event, do attend our January hub night workshop '100 Fresh Ideas' which will help you respond spontaneously to a huge range of writing prompts. All details here: https://ideasworkshop.eventbrite.com

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Portsmouth Writers' Hub presents The Spontaneous Writing Booth
Come and meet Portsmouth writers in the spontaneous writing booth. Give the writers a topic, any topic, from your new shoes to 'winter', 'Portsmouth', 'the beach' or the name of a loved one. They will spontaneously write you a poem, short story or piece of flash fiction to take home, for the price of £1. No booking necessary, just turn up!

Some theory on the concept behind the booth:

'Do not feel left out when your school, church (...) rummage sale. Don't think you have nothing to contribute. Simply set up a spontaneous writing booth. All you need is a pile of blank paper, some fast-writing pens, a table, a chair, and a sign saying 'Poems on demand' or Poems in the moment' or 'You name the subject, I'll write on it'. I (...) timidly began charging fifty cents a poem, but by the next year it was up to a dollar. There was a waiting line throughout the day. I let my customers give me any topic. Some were 'the sky', 'emptiness', 'Minnesota' and of course 'love'. Kids wanted poems on purple, their shoes, bellies. My rule was that I filled one side of a piece of standard sized paper, did not cross out, nor did I stop to reread it. I also didn't worry about putting what I said in poetic stanzas. I filled a page like I did in my notebook. It was another form of writing practice. In Japan there are stories of great Zen poets writing a superb haiku and then putting it in a bottle in a river or nearby stream and letting it go. For anyone who is a writer, this is a profound example of nonattachment. The spontaneous poetry booth is the twentieth century equivalent. It is practice in unselfconsciousness. Write, don't reread it, let it go into the world.' 'Writing Down the Bones' by Natalie Goldberg

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