Category Archives: local writers

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.

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’.

Photo of story and poetry pamphlets
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 in Nov and Dec

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.

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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.

See you at the Roundabout in May

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!

 

Bill Lewis at Roundabout Nights

Here are some photos from Roundabout Nights presents Bill Lewis – Now and Then.
Readers in our first half were Sam Rapp the dyslexic poet, Neil R Wood, Clair Meyrick and Barry Fentiman-Hall, then Bill read poetry from the start of his career right up to now, accompanied by anecdotes.

Thanks for the pics to David Bahia, Marilyn Simpson and Chris Tong.

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Bill Lewis – Then and now

We are very proud to announce that the legend that is Bill Lewis will be at Poco Loco on Monday 15th February 2016 reading pieces from The Medway Poets days right up to material from his forthcoming publications.

Roundabout Nights
Poco Loco, 58 High Street, Chatham, ME4 4DS.
15 February 2016, 7.30pm start.
Free. Open mic slots are available in the first half of the evening. Please book via our Facebook event page.

Photo of Bill Lewis
Bill Lewis

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.