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Arts Central : regular workshops and one-off writing courses – see here 

Linda Dunscombe writing classes  in various places including Arts Central

MK Adult Ed (ACE) : one-day, and weekly over a term

Open University Creative writing courses  :  nine months; distance-learning but with local tutorials

Readings/ Festivals/ Open Mic

Hoodwink Elixir : open mic spoken word at Stables Bar, Stony

Waterstones  : (see Bookshops) CMK, celebrities and big names

Scribal Gathering :  Stony Stratford

StonyWords!  :  Annual festival in January


Reading Groups

CMK Library Reading Groups  : several of these

Wolverton library reading groups

Visually impaired reading group

The Speckled Band Book Club  :  Newport Pagnell

MK Humanists book group  :   abeyant?

U3A reading and play-reading groups :  several

Arts Central Reading Group

List of others here

Writers’ Groups

Arts Central Monthly Writing Workshop : with Linda Dunscombe

U3A writing groups  :  for 55+, at Emerson Valley and Neath Hill

MK Library writing group at CMK library

MK Young(ish) Writers Group   :  for people in their 20s

Speakeasy  :  Downhead Park, monthly , with annual short-story and poetry competition

Towcester Writers Group :  Towcester Library, monthly

Magazines/ Publishers

Monkey Kettle twice-yearly poetry/prose magazine

SGM Publishing : publish Geoffrey Lewis’ canal thrillers and more

Living Archive  : local history and more

Tongue in Chic ‘Reflections from Mirror City’ : anthology of local poetry

Structo magazine :  ed. Euan Monaghan

GreyHart Press  :  sf, fantasy, horror

MK Pulse  : general with some arts stuff

Buszy Magazine : youth-oriented and ‘looking for contributors’

Common Custom  : audio publishing

Carousel  :  Milton Keynes based art collective zine

Local Comps

Bedford Poetry Competitionrun by Interpreter’s House  

Speakeasy Competition  : run by Speakeasy writing group

HE Bates Short Story Competition :  run by Northampton Writers’ Group 


City Print  : Bletchley

Stantonbury Parish Print   : Downs Barn

Murrays the Printers Limited  : Bradwell Abbey

New Bradwell Reprographics  : New Bradwell


Age UK Bookshop : Stratford Road, Wolverton, second-hand

The Little Bookshop at Great Linford : second-hand, plus coffee shop

Waterstones CMK : two of them in CMK

WH Smith  : CMK and Bletchley

Willen Hospice Bookshop : Stony High Street, second-hand

Words  :  Olney

The Works :  remaindereds, CMK

St Andrews :  Christian, Wolverton



CMK 555 Silbury Boulevard Saxon Gate East, CMK MK9 3HL  01908 254050
BLETCHLEY Westfield Road Bletchley MK2 2RA  01908 372797
KINGSTON LIBRARY Room 12, 11 Winchester Circle Kingston MK10 0BA 01908 282720
NEWPORT PAGNELL St John Street Newport Pagnell MK16 8HQ  01908 610933
OLNEY High Street , Olney MK46 4EF  01234 711474
STONY STRATFORD 5-7 Church Street Stony Stratford MK11 1BD 01908 562562
WESTCROFT Westcroft Centre,17-18 Barnsdale Drive MK4 4DD  01908 507874
WOBURN SANDS Friends Meeting House, Hardwick Road, Woburn Sands MK17 8QH 01908 582033
WOLVERTON  Town Hall Creed Street Wolverton MK12 5LY 01908 312812



Creed Street Arts Centre  : formerly Madcap, Wolverton

Artworks MK – Great Linford Arts Centre :  Great Linford

MK Arts Central : CMK, above railway station


Other Organisations

Arts Gateway MK Literature Team  : general information and networking

MK Community Foundation  :  dispense grants and much else

Interaction :   Peartree Bridge, Disability Arts

A Word in Edgeways  :  storytelling organisation

TLC Creative  :  pantomime scriptwriting and more

Seckow Sounds :  local radio,  ‘Art-iculate’ arts programme  interviews writers.


Newsletters/ What’s On

AGMK email newsletter.  Contribute your own events online here


Further Afield (selected)

Lit things going on in Northants : roundup by the Northants Literature Officer

Oundle Festival of Literature  :  Northants, mid-March each year

Northampton University: Creative Writing BA  : three years

Northampton Literature Group  : weekly; separate groups for prose, poetry, reading and theatre

Northampton SF Writers Group : monthly, limited membership, chair is Ian Watson

Northampton Writers Group :  fortnightly, run the HE Bates story comp

Toddington Poetry Society  :   Luton, fortnightly, often have guest readers/speakers

Ouse Muse email newsletter:  for poetry and similar events in Bedford and the area around.