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An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics – year 2

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.


Photos from ‘A strange melange of good and evil’

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.’

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Heretics exhibition is now live!

Pic of exhibition being installed
Almost installed

The exhibition is now hung and ready to see in Rochester Library. All in all it’s a fantastic body of work – and shows a myriad ways of interpreting the written text.

We have photos, paintings, pencil sketches, sculptures, 3D pieces, and a few things that defy categorisation!

The artists responded to an anonymous text – so that any preconceptions they might have had about the writer were removed. They collaborations are revealed at the exhibition.

The full list of writers and artists – no particular order is as follows: Nigel Adams, Clair Meyrick, Ira Lightman, Deke Dobson, Frater XII Irrumabo, Bethany Pope, Tara Moyle, Chris Page, Roy Smith, Sarah Jenkin, Maria McCarthy, Thomas Kelly, Bill Lewis, Maggie Drury, Barry Fentiman-Hall, Sam Fentiman-Hall, Dylan Oscar Rowe, Anne-Marie Jordan, Philip Kane, Sarah Hehir, Malek Montag, Richard Squarecube, Riven Gray, Marilyn Simpson, Bill Gooch, Dianne Reeves, David Wise, Lesley Ellen Cooperwaite, Heather Haythornthwaite, Jen Cross, Nikki Price, Victoria Wainwright, Cassandra Nye, Abigail Ziering, Mark Holihan, Stef Rowe. (Bios can be found here.)

You can hear a lot of the writers reading the texts which inspired the artwork on Thursday 2 October from 7pm, at Rochester Library. Free to attend, but booking essential. Telephone 01634 337799.

The exhibition was initially inspired by the ‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know’ theme for this year’s Rochester Litfest – going on now!

An assemblance of judicious heretics
at Rochester Library, Rochester, Kent to 25 October.  Normal library opening hours.

The heretics are assembling…

Shopping bags of art picture
What’s in the bag?

We have started to receive the artwork for our Judicious Heretics exhibition, and they are looking fabulous.

It’s really fascinating to see the way that the artists have interpreted the text we sent them – anonymously. The writers don’t know who has been sent their writing and the artists don’t know whose work they’ve been creating from. The coupling combinations  will be revealed at our live literature event on 2 October, at Rochester Library as part of Rochester LitFest 2014.

Live readings from the exhibition – featuring local writers plus special guests (tbc)  – 2 October, 7.30pm, Free

Exhibition runs Friday, 26 September – Saturday, 25 October, Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW. Free.



Judicious Heretics assembly information

An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics (image by Lesley Ellen Cooperwaite)
An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics

ME4Writers will curate an exhibition for this year’s  Rochester Literature Festival ‘An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics’ through late September and October 2014 , showing at Rochester Library. (Free entry.)

The very best writers from the Delta and some scattered friends have channelled Byron and produced work to inspire madness, badness, and dangerousness in the hearts of artists. On this day of the 2nd of October 2014 they will perform said works amidst the visual carnage that has resulted. You are invited.

Live readings from the exhibition – featuring local writers plus special guests (tbc)  – 2 October, 7.30pm, Free

Exhibition runs Friday, 26 September – Saturday, 25 October, Rochester Library,
Community Hub Rochester, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW.

An assemblance of judicious heretics…

Assemblance photoWe would like to introduce ME4Writers’ latest project for the Rochester Literature Festival 2014.

‘An assemblance of judicious heretics’ is an open access collaborative project, fusing words and images from writers and artists from Medway and beyond. We have collected and commissioned our writer friends who have written us some brilliant poems/short stories/something else on the overall festival theme of ‘Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know’ and we are now in the process of assigning these words to artists.

The project will be displayed as part of an exhibition at Rochester Library during September and October 2014 and we will also be holding a live literature event during the Rochester LitFest, where the writers will read their work. Further details to follow.

If you are a writer or an artist and would like to get involved in the project, please email us.

UPDATE* We have now closed for writing submissions, unless you have already contacted us and got an extension, but we are still open for art.



WordShed Lite visits Gravesend

Photo of the Word Potting ShedAs part of the wonderful Footfall Project from the Gravesend Arts Consortium, we are running creative writing workshops – a version of the WordShed lite.

The first workshop was held on 19 April and the next one is on 10 May.

“My daughter and I just took part in the workshop “The Word Shed” and really enjoyed it. I have to admit I don’t consider myself great at writing, but I enjoyed the different styles we tried, from Haiku, to a creative monologue. My daughter is only 9 but she really enjoyed it too and came away wanting to do more. Thanks for letting us be a part of it.”

Here’s a collective poem we wrote inspired by the phrase ‘Heart of Darkness’:

Heart of Darkness
The Heart of Darkness, a book about time…
When love was shaken to the core and the beating stopped
Silence fell, all breathing was heard
In the church, nobody said a word,
But then organ blasted out and shook the walls
Tumble, rumble, the foundations fall.

A bit like ‘poetry consequences’, each writer only sees the one line immediately before the line they write, so sometimes the poem goes in unexpected directions. Sometimes though, they work!

The next free workshop is being held in Gravesend market, in the Footfall project space, from 1.30-3.30pm on 10 May.