Booker Prize

Booker PrizeBreaking News! The Writers’ Reading Group has been selected to shadow the Booker Prize again for the third time!! We shadowed the International Booker and the Booker in 2018- and absolutely loved reading Vernon Subutex by Virginie Despentes and The Long Take by Robin Robertson- and now we can’t wait to rise to the…

Tales of Lockdown news

Tales of Lockdown news: Congratulations to everyone whose work has been posted on the Tales of Lockdown blog so far. Please check the three sections of Living in Times of National Emergency – Lockdown, Epidemics and War to see if we have already included your work.But to everyone who submitted pieces to the Hearth Centre’s Tales…

Cancelled Tour of Friends of Enemies

We’re sad that many of our theatrical projects have been cancelled, including our semi booked 2020 autumn tour of Friends of Enemies (click here to see the trailer and read more). However, we are fully intending to take it out again , and have been gathering national interest in a new Friends of Enemies project…

Tales of Lockdown

The Hearth Centre is very pleased to announce that we have received emergency funds for a 6 month project called Tales of Lockdown. The phrase “unprecedented” has been used for the Coronavirus epidemic we are currently living through- but for many people, our present situation rings bells with very similar situations they have previously been through. This project…

Hearth Centre Publications 2020

Have a look at some of Polly Wright, Artistic Director of the Hearth Centre 2020 publications on our publications page: These includeThe Palgrave Handbook of the History of Women on the Stage (Polly wrote a chapter on the early years of Women and Theatre)Sue Beavan. Nurse, Partner, Dog lover. A monologue about NHS – (which you…

Sue Beavan. Nurse, Partner, Dog lover. A monologue about the NHS

Sue Beavan. Nurse, Partner, Dog lover. A monologue about the NHSPolly’s monologue was originally written for Women and Theatre’s 2014  piece – For the Past 30 years, which was a play written on the theme of women and work for solo voices. Polly’s monologue, about a  senior nurse, who has gone through many phases of…

Writers’ Reading group lives….Virtually!

We are glad to announce that our writers’ reading group is going on in a virtual form! We continue to share literary role models in order to learn and improve our craft of writing, but now we’re meeting through Zoom every other Wednesday. This term’s books have included Albert Camus’ The Plague and Anne Frank’s…

Hearth receives Arts Council England emergency funds for Coronavirus project

The Arts Council England has awarded the Hearth Centre an award of Emergency funds to support the continuation of the organisation and to develop a six month project called Hidden Histories:  Living in Times of National Emergency. For this Creative Writing project we’re looking for stories about Lockdown and Covid 19, but also stories of…

Podcast And Publication Launch – 7th March 2020

This year Women & Theatre mark International Women’s Day with a special event featuring performances and discussions, exploring a range of issues about women and work; drawing on the experiences of young women, retired women, and those who have seen massive changes in their sectors over the last 35 years. One of Hearth Director Polly…

Rhapsodies in Blues: The Influence of Music on Black Women’s Writing

Saturday 7 March 2020 Join playwright Polly Wright and creative Adaya Henry for the day in a specially devised writing workshop that celebrates the musicality of Black women’s writing. The day will weave readings from Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Bernadine Evaristo with music, an inspirational visit to The Influence Project exhibition followed by a…