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Creative writing facilitation and events management from Wordsmithery. Based in Kent, UK.

The Admiral’s Tea Party – this Saturday

The Admiral’s Tea Party is this Saturday!

We have been preparing the event for months now, so hope to see you there! Here are a few of the photos: some of the poets on a trip to the site, some inspirations for costume and set and our lovely poster!

Book here – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3005336

Entry to the tea party doesn’t need to be booked, but if you want to go on the walk you should as spaces are limited.

 

The Admiral’s Tea Party

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The Admiral’s Tea Party

We are excited about Wordsmithery’s commission from Medway’s new Paint The Town Festival.

The Admiral’s Tea Party is a new site specific performance which will take its inspiration from aspects of Chatham’s heritage, commissioned for the Paint The Town Festival.

Did you know that the Admiral of the Fleet (head honcho of the British navy) used to have a residence in the Lower Lines Park in Gillingham, Kent? And that he used to organise fabulous tea parties on the lawn there?

Taking our inspiration from this fact, and from the nautical history of the area, we will be creating a new show to be performed at the Lower Lines Park on 24 June. We want stories and writing from local people to be part of the show! Playwright Sam Hall will be leading some creative writing workshops to help create the final piece.

WORKSHOPS:

The first workshop will be held on Saturday 22nd April 2017 from 1- 3pm at Nucleus Arts Centre. Book here.

There is also a second workshop on Wednesday 26 April, 2-5pm at the Brook Theatre. Book here.

ACTORS NEEDED!

Join our Community Cast for our outdoor theatre performance exploring the history of Gillingham’s Lower Lines Park. The site specific show will be performed on the afternoon of Saturday 24 June. We currently need actors to be part of this exciting new production. Workshops dates to be confirmed, but if you are interested, please email us for further info.

Photos from Roundabout Nights – 9 March

Here are some photos from Roundabout Nights on 9 March 2017. Guest headliners, Connor Sansby and Neanderthal Bard, plus open mic slots from Setarah Ebrahimi, SM Jenkin, Razz Saunders, Jonathan Terranova, SFH, Jo Murray, Matt Chamberlain, Luna Travers, Phil Kane, Sam Rapp, Clair Meyrick, SFH and a musical interlude from Didi Bergman.

Roundabout Nights presents ‘Paint it Black’

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24 April, Roundabout Nights

As part of the Paint The Town festival we are hosting a night of poetry and words about mental health to accompany Bridget Aphrodite’s show in the festival ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’.

Billed as ‘a musical about depression’, this electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!

Roundabout Nights regulars Dylan Oscar Rowe and Spreken are confirmed headliners and we will have our usual pre-bookable open mic, in what promises to be an intense, educational and entertaining night.

Introducing Confluence

Photo of Confluence issues 1 and 3
Confluence issues 1 and 3

Confluence is a new writing magazine from Wordsmithery.

Originally online only, we will be publishing a print copy four times a year (August, December, February and May). See the Submissions page for what we’re looking for and how to submit!

You can order a copy of Issues 1 and 3 and subscribe at the Wordsmithery website.

Confluence aims to introduce writers from the East Kent area to writers from everywhere else and promote artistic exchange.

Writers we have featured so far include: Issue 1 (all available online)  Janine Booth, sean burn, Matt Chamberlain, Nancy Charley, David Cramer Smith,  Zack Davies, Rachel Davis,  Sarah Hehir, Dan Horrigan, SM Jenkin, Daphne Margolys, Tara Moyle, Katarina Rankovic, Angel Uriel Perales, Cameron Williamson.

Issue 2 (all available online) ‘An assemblance of judicious heretics; re:imagining Shakespeare’ – featuring poetry and prose from 33 writers and interpretations of their words by 32 artists. Linked to Wordsmithery’s text-art exhibition.

Issue 3 (some video extracts available online) Stories and poems from Matt Chamberlain, Nancy Charley, Maggie Drury (woodcut illustrations), Barry Fentiman Hall, Sam Hall (a play), Mark Holihan, Shaun Philip Hutchings, Philip Kane, Bill Lewis, Daphne Margolys, Maria C. McCarthy, Katarina Rankovic, David Cramer Smith, Spreken, Jonathan Terranova, and Barrie West.

The magazine is printed using a Risograph machine on recycled paper, using vegetable inks, which gives it a retro feel. “…it’s so satisfying to hold and read! Typeface is fab, paper is perfect magazine weight. Old school printing was an inspired choice…”

Books from Wordsmithery

Photo of anthologies and plays by Wordsmithery.
Anthologies and plays by Wordsmithery.

In the past few years, Wordsmithery has published a range of anthologies, plays and pamphlets. They are all available on our website, or by emailing us for more information on bulk and non-UK based orders.

Anthologies:
City without a head: our 4-star anthology offering an alternative take on life in cities.
An assemblance of judicious heretics: our gorgeous full colour anthology of art, poems and stories inspired by ‘The Road Not Taken’.

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Story and poetry pamphlets

Pamphlets:
The Unbearable Sheerness of Being: Barry Fentiman Hall’s personal Odyssey around the Isle of Sheppey.
Beautiful Monsters: Sam Hall’s collection of 6 short modern day fairytales.

Plays:
Zero Down: Sarah Hehir’s powerful story about staff on a zero hours contract.
Child Z: Sarah Hehir’s 5-star play about a girl caught up in a child sex exploitation ring.
My Mind is Free: Sam Hall’s play about 4 victims of human trafficking.

To purchase any of these books please head on over to Wordsmithery.

Roundabout Nights coming up

Paint the Town logoWe have a host of fantastic Roundabout Nights coming up in the next few months, including a collaboration as part of Medway’s Paint The Town Festival.

Thursday 9 March 2017: The Planet Thanet 2 on tour – Neanderthal Bard and Connor Sansby.

Monday 24 April 2017: Paint The Town Festival – To coincide with the theme for Spring’s Paint The Town Festival, which is Mental Health, we invite our writers to ‘paint it black’, whatever that might mean.

Monday 8 May 2017: Headliners DrayZera and Neelam Saredia.

More information will be posted on our Facebook page nearer to the events.