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Just announced!

datePosted on 17:27, July 18th, 2017 by Rahsan Spurling

Jane Austen, Money and the Hyde Connection

A joint lecture by Professor Emma Clery (Univerity of Southampton, Department of English Literature) and Helen Paul (University of Southampton, Department of Economics)
Date and Time: Thursday 21st September at 7.30 PM

Venue: The West Side Lecture Theatre,School of Art, Park Avenue

This is a FREE lecture but you need to register in order to secure a guaranteed seat.

To book your FREE seat please click here

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cover previewIn late September the back room of the Hyde Tavern pub in Winchester was filled with budding local writers who were celebrating the launch of their second book. Following on from the success of Inspired by Hyde, which was published in 2010, Hyde Days and Holidays has just come into print.

For this second book, we’ve broadened our horizons and the book contains a selection of poems and prose about both Hyde and travels further afield. Whether it is Winchester’s Water Meadows or Marrakech’s markets, the stories told will whisk you into another world, a world of facts and fiction and a feeling of escapism.

Supplementing these are two eye-witness accounts of the recent opening of the Unmarked Grave in the local church and its possible connection with King Alfred.

Hyde Days & Holidays is available now – you can order it online for £6.50 including postage and packaging.

To order, press the “Buy Now” button below. You can pay using a Paypal account if you have one, or by debit or credit card.

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Hyde Literary Summer Evenings

datePosted on 19:45, April 19th, 2014 by Madelaine

In place of the regular Third Thursday BYO LIt Nights over the summer the Literature


Group will be heading out and about in Hyde and beyond.

Details of the three events planned so far are below.

3 July – Clowns & Jesters (outdoor event on eve of Hat Fair)

Cathedral Grounds. Time tbc. A lighthearted evening’s entertainment. Bring a story, poem or piece to share and enjoy on the eve of the Hat Fair.

17 July –Journeying around Hyde

Meet at 19.00 at the Hyde Tavern for a19.30 start.

Bring sensible shoes and short pieces inspired by journeys

 to share on an evening walk.

21 August – Summer Poetry

Hyde Gate is the venue for an evening of Summer Poetry. Bring your own or a favourite poet’s work to share in this atmospheric setting.

Also bring a cushion! Get there for 19.30 when the gates will be opened…

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For general information about the competition, see the introductory page.

Hyde900 Writers’ Competition 2013: Rules of Entry

Name of competition

Hyde900 Writers’ Competition

Competition opening/closing date & time:

Competition opens on 1 September 2013 and closes at 6:00 pm on 31 January 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Second Hyde900 Writers’ Competition

datePosted on 15:29, September 15th, 2013 by Site admin

bookSee your work in print in our second anthology of local writing

Following the sell-out success of the first Hyde900 book, Inspired by Hyde, we’re planning a sequel – and you might be in it!

The theme is ‘Hyde Days and Holidays’. It’s all about places – local or distant – and the impressions they make and the people you meet. It could be a poem, a short story or a short piece about a location you remember well and the memories you associate with it. The place could be in Winchester or elsewhere: somewhere you’ve travelled, somewhere you used to live, or somewhere you’ve just made up.

Entries are welcome from all writers of all ages, amateur or professional, who live, work, study or attend a writing group in or near the Hyde area of Winchester. Read the rest of this entry »

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New poetry ‘inspired by Hyde’

datePosted on 01:40, December 30th, 2012 by Site admin

Literature Night regular Kevin Barrett recently presented two poems inspired by last summer’s ‘Outside in Hyde’ events.

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BYO Literature Nights for 2013

datePosted on 23:38, December 20th, 2012 by Site admin

Following another successful year we have set dates and themes for the Hyde Tavern BYO Literature Nights for 2013. The Lit Nights will always take place on the Third Thursday of the month in the cellar of the Hyde Tavern. Meet in the upstairs bar from 7.30pm and repair to the cellar for 8.00pm.

The themes for this year are:

  • 17 January – CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black)
  • 21 February – Wheels
  • 21 March – Water / Wild Swimming
  • 18 April – The Old Cafe
  • 16 May – Dancing Read the rest of this entry »
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Olympic Torch - courtesy London 2012 (LOCOG)When the Olympic Torch relay enters Hyde Street at 13.29 on Wednesday 11th July it will be greeted by  the first public rendition of ‘Welcome Torchbearer’, a specially composed serenade performed by the Hyde900 Olympic Torch Choir. Read the rest of this entry »

Third Thursday BYO Literature Nights

datePosted on 18:04, February 18th, 2012 by Site admin

Join us on the third Thursday of every month for the bring-your-own literary nights at the Hyde Tavern continue. Come along and read something of your own or something by a favourite author. Or simply come along and listen. It’s very informal and we are always happy to see new people.

Meet in the bar from 7:30pm onwards, moving to the cellar for the readings at 8pm.

Each night has a theme to inspire you, though you don’t have to stick to it.

Themes for coming months are listed below:

15 March – Love & Fidelity / Love thy Neighbour

19 April – Baker’s Dozen

17 May – Lighting the Fire

21 June – Where are we going?

19 July – Colours

16 August -Freedom of Thought

20 September – Dolce et Decorum Est

18 October – A Working Class

15 November – Gremlins

17 January 2013 – Let’s Drink to That

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Guided by Surprise Launch

datePosted on 19:10, November 1st, 2011 by Site admin

The Hyde Writers, who meet alternate Monday nights in the Hyde Tavern, launched their anthology on Saturday 29th October at the Oxfam Bookshop on Parchment Street.

Writers whose work is featured in the anthology include poets Stephen Boyce, Brian Evans-Jones, Richard Stillman and Hugh Greasley. There are also contributions from Jon Courteney Grimwood, Jake Wallis Simons, David Owen, Paul Davies, Hanna Nina Jameson, Steve Scholey and Tim Stevenson.

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