The Writers' Cafe was set up in November 2006 by Hilda Sheehan & Matt Holland to provide a place and time for local Swindon writers (both new and experienced) to gather and share their work in the warm and comfortable surroundings of Lower Shaw Farm. It became a Writers' Kitchen in March 2013, to provide an option for critique as well as a spirit of sharing work. The Writers' Cafe/Kitchen is supported by ARTSWORDS, Swindon Borough Council's Literature Development department.