Canterbury Heritage Museum - June 2014


Writers Group



Who we are

We are a bunch of writers, poets, creative people who meet regularly in Canterbury (and sometimes other places) to write, have coffee and plan new and exciting adventures and outlets for our work. We also get together online for some pressurised intense-time writing when our international members can join in. We love a bit of a challenge and pushing the boundaries but most of all we love words and writing and having fun.












January 2016

Alibi's "House of Soords"

at the Jolly Sailor

The House of Soords Anthology had another outing courtesy of the generous bods who run the Jolly Sailor literary and open-mic events (a.k.a. SaveAs Writers and Cornerstone Writers).


We filled our slot with readings from the anthology accompanied by a slide show of photographs from the house. It wasn't possible for the artists to join us on this occasion but we hope to organise something soon which will give us all a chance to share our reflections on the coming-together of artists and writers. Our adventures continue ...


Things we have done

May 2014




Curious Curator

Sounds New


We were thrilled to participate in the Curious Curator project as part of the Sounds New Festival 2014. Inspiration was taken from the Cuckooland album by Robert Wyatt - famous for his links to the Canterbury Scene. Our writing was featured alongside the work of artists in the Palette Gallery, Canterbury College

June 2014


WWI Centenary


Canterbury Heritage Museum


We thought it fitting for our little group to be part of the centenary commemorations in Canterbury so we spent an emotional and poignant morning in the Heritage Museum in Canterbury. We had special access to archived material - a rich source for writing inspriation.

October 2014

Canterbury Festival

East Kent Open Houses


In 2014, following some culturally enriching visits to the East Kent Artists' Open House at Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, hosted by Lindsay West and Clive Soord, we began work on a bunch of ekphrastic writing in response to the artwork, the house and the garden. A year later, our second anthology "House of Soords" was published with just a selection of the vast amount of writing we did. The writing was complemented by amazing photographs taken by the talented and generous Ian Laker, featuring the inspiring artwork and artefacts in the Soords' home.

October 2015

House of Soords

Anthology Launch


Another first for us ... launching our House of Soords Anthology at the House of Soords. Like wandering minstrels we made our way through the house and gardens, stopping in the places we'd visited a year ago, perfoming our work in front of the artwork or objects that had inspired the writing. And the artists got a chance to talk about their work too - a sumptuous cultural exchange.



Special days

2012 onwards


High Days & Holidays


We've had some wonderful creative and writerly adventures ...on theatre trips, visits to the Poetry Library in London and Charleston House and we've had our very own week-long residential in a fabulous Landmark Trust Property





April-May 2013


Universe of Sound

When the Amazingly Inspirational Unusual and Unique Universe of Sound Exhibition came to town, we jumped aboard and wrote in response to pieces of music.


Our writing was featured in the community exhibition at the Beaney Museum as part of the Sounds New Festival's Curious Curator project.


We attended the launch and were pleased to let Gary represent us by reading some of his writing.

January - March 2014


"Execution of Maximilian"


We celebrated the arrival in Canterbury of Manet's painting


We were inspired by the chance to be able to see this historic painting on loan to the fabulous Beaney Museum in Canterbury. It didn't take long for the creative juices to start flowing - and before we knew it, we had put a little anthology together ... our first proud publication ....

6 April 2014



A Write in the Museum


We were pleased to be part of the WiseWords Festival in April - presenting our work from our anthology, Fragments, along with a slide-show of poignant images reflecting our creative processes when writing from Manet's Execution of Maximilian. The reading was followed by a free workshop on writing from art in the fab Learning Lab in the Beaney.

Some days

2012 onwards



We meet up

online or in person


to chat, drink coffee and challenge ourselves to do some writing, something different and to plan our next project!


Fragments (2014) House of Soords (2015)

Enquiries to info@alibiwriters.co.uk


House of Soords Launch - October 2015

A Write in the Museum- April 2014

Universe of Sound - May 2013

Poetry Library

Writing Retreat

At work and play and receiving awards

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