Category Archives: ME4

Roundabout Nights – Tales from the dark room

Some photos from Tales from the dark room at Pop Gallery on 2 March 2015.

Performances from Barry and Sam Fentiman-Hall, Neil R Wood, Razz Saunders, Philip Kane, Chris Van Beck, Luka Lukasik, and Dylan Oscar Rowe.

Photos from Man in the Attic photography, Marilyn Simpson and Chris Tong. Thanks to the Pop Gallery and Recreate for use of the space. The Pop Gallery LabRat Conspiracy is on til 7 March – if you want to see the photos in the background!

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Roundabout Nights – 48 hours and still no card

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.

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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.



Photos from Roundabout Sushi – 28 July

We came, we read, we listened, we acted, we applauded. The first night of Roundabout Nights at the Alex in Chatham was a sample of the type of events we will be hosting as part of this regular Monday night of literary delights.

You heard: Barry Fentiman-Hall reading poems from City without a head and various other poems. Deborah Klayman performing her monologue about a stalker ‘Lock up your sons’. Dylan Oscar Rowe reading poems and a short story. Ali Kemp and Deborah performing an extract from Sam Fentiman-Hall’s play ‘Randomly Accessed Memories’. Sophie Williams performing her poems. Deborah, Ali and Georgina Panton peforming Whoop’n’Wail’s short play ‘My Bloody Laundrette’. And Phil Kane performing poetry and storytelling.

Come and join us on Monday 4 August – where it’ll be the turn of She Writes.

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Writing and drawing at Art in the Park

Despite stormy weather the night before, Art in the Park in Milton Creek Country Park on Saturday 19 July took place, despite a short but torrential rainburst in the morning. Sam and Barry of ME4 and Wordsmithery took along a gazebo and pens and paper and held a fun drop in writing workshop throughout the day.

Activities to try included – making a poem from rhyming words, writing a poem or piece of prose about anything, drawing or writing a story on a book cover, or choosing  a word at random from our word mugs.

Here are some photos from the event and some of the words that our writers and artists of all ages created. A fun day was had by all! Thanks to the organisers, the Friends of Milton Creek.

Penguins Forever by Alex Taylor and Vicky Andrews:

I love penguins that eat fish
Fish is great in my dish
Penguin sitting in a tree
Oh Mr Penguin, what of thee?
I have a problem, though you see
For I have nothing for my tea
The lake nearby is ripe with fish
I shall fetch you, if you wish
No, that’s quite all right, I’ll have some later
Give my regards to Mr Alligator!

Is a slug a bug? by Paul (with a little help from his children, and vice versa)

Does a slug
Slug from a mug?
Does a slug sleep on a rug?
If you ask him a question
Does he shrug?
Does he eat flowers from a jug?
Is a slug a bug?

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