This page provides details about our regular activities that take place during our evening sessions. For information about on-off events and activities see our News page.

There is always something happening – whether it is writing (both creative and more practical), computing or board games. Every week we have a Communications Group on Mondays, a variety of community activities on Thursdays, and our Literary Group “The Write Place” on Fridays. Details can be found on this Services poster and below.

Every Friday an eager group of guests and volunteers meet to discuss and create all things literary. We call ourselves ‘The Write Place’.
 
Prompts are provided for writing and discussion on all the tables. These prompts include quotes from famous philosophers, writers and other people of history, as well as statements to induce ideas for writing poems, short stories and non-fiction pieces. In the side room we run a reading group where guests take turns reading aloud from novels, plays and short stories. This has proven to be very popular with our guests. Guests are welcome to participate whenever they wish. We are always on hand to give advice on writing CVs, cover letters and e-mails.
 
We also have our own web-site, filled with literary goodness written by the guests of the Gatehouse, and you can follow us on Twitter at @RoughOxPoems The purpose of the website is to provide a forum for expression and to highlight this critical point: no one can be defined solely by how they appear, how they speak, nor by their current living situation. We are all far more complex than any one statement could possibly convey. In June 2019 a wide range of works also featured in a public exhibition at The North Wall, which was a great way to showcase the talents of our guests in a wider arena.
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Go to the Literary Forum Website                                                          Go to our Instagram page
 

We try to ensure that laptops are available to use as many nights of the week that we have enough space and volunteers. On a Monday evening we have a designated staff member that can support you with any IT needs you may have. Newspapers and other printed materials are also made available throughout the week for Guests to read.