Roundabout Nights last night (10/11/16) featured the launch of Goose, a chapbook by the conceptual poet described by George Szirtes as “Harpo Marx meets Rilke”: Ira Lightman. (Book out on Diehard Editions). With support from Dan Simpson, Philip Kane, and performances from Neill Razz Saunders, Sam Rapp, Sam FH, Joanne Murray, Clair Meyrick, Maria McCarthy, and BFH.
Coming up on 5 December we have the launch of Frater XII Irrumabo’s short story collection Fear Death by Water. See the Facebook page for more info.
We are taking a little break from Roundabout Nights over April – there are so many other good lit events you could go to in April and you just might see us at them!
Thursday 21 April – Factotum Promotions present Poetry Night #2 at Drake’s Bar in Maidstone. (Free)
Saturday 23 April – Shakespeare – the best bits. Rochester LitFest has arranged an afternoon of Shakespeare at Rochester Community Hub. £5.50 (tickets)
Wednesday 27 April – Seasonally Effected returns to the Dot Cafe, Rochester – with a new format and special guests Broken Banjo. (Free / donation.)
Thursday 28 April – Inspirational Night with Lisa Vigour at The Swan, Maidstone. (Free)
Roundabout Nights should be back on 9 May at Poco Loco!
Last year we curated our collaborative exhibition – An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics – as part of Rochester LitFest, where our exhibition was shown at Rochester Library for a month, and we held an evening of readings from the project.
We anonymously give written texts to a range of artists – and they interpreted the text in whatever medium they chose. The writing and pictures were displayed as part of the exhibition. We are going to do it again this year, and have started getting writing in on the theme of ‘The Road not Taken’.
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both”
We are pleased to say that we plan to repeat the project this year – and it is hoped that by the time it gets to May we will have all the written submissions in. If you are an artist in any visual medium and you would like the chance to interpret one of them let us know. Also if you are a writer, drop us a line to find out more.
You can like the Facebook page ‘An-Assemblance-Of-Judicious-Heretics’ for updates.
Roundabout Nights returned with aplomb to POP gallery last night. We were treated to performances from:
Malek Montag; Barry Fentiman-Hall; Sam Rapp; Chris Van Beck; Lisa Vigour; Neill ‘Razz’ Saunders; Philip Kane and Dylan Oscar Rowe.
The background exhibition is called ‘The POP gallery LabRat Conspiracy’ featuring photograms by a group of artists including some of those performing last night, Barry, Chris and Philip. Official opening night is 28 Feb, and it runs for a week afterwards.
Thanks to Bill Gooch of Man in the Attic Photography for the pics below. Check out the album on Facebook, if you want to see the full set.
Thanks to Marta and POP for the use of the space.
It’s Chrissss-tmas! Well nearly anyway, so we are inviting all friends of literature and a good tune to come along this Monday to the last Roundabout Night of the year. There will be sweets! There will be tinsel! There will be mince pies! There will be a quiz! Bring your words because there will be an open mic for words and maybe even some music too! See you there.
Last night we enjoyed hearing Maria C McCarthy’s stories from her book ‘As long as it takes’, poetry and a short sci-fi story, accompanied by music and song from Bob Carling and Rachel McCarthy.
Open-mic-ers were: Sam Rapp, Neil R Wood, Sam Fentiman-Hall and Sarah March.
Thanks to Marilyn Simpson and Chris Tong for the photos.
Here are a selection of readers reading at the event we hosted as part of the ‘An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics’ exhibition. Thanks to Chris Tong (B+W) and Marilyn Simpson (colour) for the pictures.
You can see the pictures inspired by the words, and read the words too, at Rochester Library, until 25 October.
Comments from the event:
‘Felt very welcome: nice relaxed atmosphere.’ ‘Fantastic – how lucky we are to have a library like this and so many talented poets. More of this please: lots of poets reading a single poem. Loved the artwork also.’ ‘Very enjoyable and entertaining. More poetry reading events please.’ ‘Excellent content.’ ‘More of the same please.’