Welcome to the Dovetail website!

Dovetail jointThe dovetail joint is noted for its resistance to being pulled apart. It probably pre-dates written history, and the design used is an important method of distinguishing the origins of a piece of woodwork.

We all have stories to tell. Stories about ourselves, our lives, our cities, our history, our culture.

The Dovetail project gives people in Nottingham, Karlsruhe and Budapest the opportunity to tell each other their stories using creative writing workshops, visits to local heritage sites, and a five-day meeting in each of the three cities. Everyone taking part will have the opportunity to travel to at least one other city to work with participants from the other project partners.

As part of the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme, Dovetail has secured funding to help adult learners to acquire useful communication skills. Those taking part will be involved in as many aspects of the project as possible, so they will not only learn how to tell and write their stories, they may also help with running workshops, planning activities with the other partners, setting up and running events to perform their work, and producing printed anthologies of their writing.

Planned activities

  • October 2012: Local workshops start in all three cities.
  • February 2013: Partners come to Nottingham for the first joint workshop.
  • April 2013: Nottingham participants publish an anthology of work produced at the Nottingham workshop.
  • June 2013: Partners come to Budapest for the second joint workshop.
  • September 2013: Budapest participants publish an anthology of work produced at the Budapest workshop.
  • February 2014: Partners come to Karlsruhe for the third joint workshop.
  • April 2014: Karlsruhe participants publish an anthology of work produced at the Karlsruhe workshop.
  • June 2014: All partners take part in a final performance (linked via Skype) of work to launch the project anthologies and celebrate our achievements.

The partners

Nottingham Writers' Studio
Nottingham Writers’ Studio is a vibrant community of writers based in Nottingham city centre providing space, networking, and creative and professional development opportunities for its members. It’s run by writers for writers, and is dedicated to the support and development of all forms of creative writing. As lead partner of the Dovetail project, NWS hopes to encourage an appreciation of creative writing, storytelling, and other European cultures among people and communities within Nottingham, Karlsruhe and Budapest that may not have easy access to such valuable aspects of life.

GEDOK Karlsruhe
The GEDOK (English website) – The Society of the Association of Women Artists and Art Friends – is the largest and best established interdisciplinary artists’ organization cultivating a long and rich tradition in Germany. It was founded in 1926 by Ida Dehmel and serves as an official forum for women artists from all disciplines. The regional group in Karlsruhe, organises exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures, guided tours, studio and workshop visits, symposiums as well as members’ meetings.

5k Kozpont
5K Központ is a centre established in Budapest to teach creative arts to people from all walks of life. For instance, businesses are encouraged to think creatively in their marketing and advertising, and schoolchildren are taught about creative writing in the context of media and journalism. As part of the Dovetail project (called Pigeon Post in Hungarian!), 5K Központ is working with teachers in rural areas who may not have had much training to help them see the value of using creative writing in their teaching practice.