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On Monday night, I put on my creative boots and visited 15 Queen Street, Colchester’s community-led cultural and work space, to join WriteNight. This is something which I’m sure happens in other towns and cities too, where people who love creative writing get together to try out some different challenges and share their work, one evening every couple of weeks.

The group in Colchester has been meeting for just over a year, and I was a little nervous going along for the first time, but I was made to feel very welcome – the group were lovely. There were quite a range of different interests and styles represented, as well as ages and backgrounds, and it was great to meet new people and chat about books and writing projects.

I’m looking forward to going along again in the future and it was also great to pop into 15 Queen Street, as I’ve not been before – it seems like a space with lots of potential for use in the future, although the Green Party meeting upstairs used all the chairs (who knew the Green Party was so popular?!). Hopefully, if and when the St Botolph’s area really becomes Colchester’s Cultural Quarter, perhaps there’ll be more (comfortable) space and opportunity for groups like this to meet.

If you’re in the Colchester area, and want to come along, the group has a Facebook page with more information and they’re also on Twitter, follow @ColWriteNight for updates.

Kate Neilan
@magic_kitten

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