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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.

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Typing and griping at ME4-rum

Last night we held the first of our ME4-rum open forum/workshops as part of Roundabout Nights. The idea is you can come along, bring your work in progress, read it and get comments on it. It’s an opportunity to chew the fat with other writers, over a beer,  or a cup of tea and biscuits. Non-writers are very welcome to come along and join in the discussions, and listen to previews of work.

The next ME4-rum is on  8 September. Next week (18 August) we are hosting a Spoken Word night with a lineup to be announced.

There will be no Roundabout Night on 25 August, due to the Bank Holiday. But we will return on 1 September, as scheduled, with She Writes.

 

Monday Nights at The Roundabout Room, Upstairs at The Alex

We are working with The Alexandra pub in Chatham to create a weekly Monday night of literary activities. These will include plays, poetry, workshops and drop-in writing sessions. The night will very much be a work in development; a chance for people to experiment and show off their potential.

The first night will be on 28 July, 7-10pm, with Roundabout Sushi, a preview of the type of things we will be doing.

Come along, see some highlights of the type of stuff we will be showing, and share your ideas.

We would like you to get involved. Come along, listen, give feedback, try out your work, perform. Writers, actors, directors – if you would like to be involved, we would love to hear from you!

The Alexandra Hotel, 43 Railway St, Chatham, Kent ME4 6RJ
Find us on Facebook: Roundabout Nights!

28 July: Roundabout Sushi – a taster of all the events we will be doing.

4 August: She Writes – script in hand reading of plays by women.

11 August: MEforum – bring your work in progress, your favourite book, and talk about them. If you have a writing problem, maybe we can help!

18 August: Spoken word

25 August: Guest programmer slot – tbc

1 September: She Writes

Writing comings and goings newsletter

We are putting together a new email newsletter which will detail monthly writing opportunities and news in Medway, and sometimes further afield in Kent (and maybe even that London).

The first one is due out at the start of July, and depending on what’s going on each month – will pop into your in-box roughly once a month. Email us if you have anything you’d like us to mention.

You can sign up here.

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.

Have a sneaky peek at our WIPs…

Cover of imaginary book by Roy Smith illustrated by Maggie Drury
By Roy Smith, illustrated by Maggie Drury

We have set up a new page where you will be able to get a look at some of the projects we are working on called – WorkInProgress.

Currently you can see some of the book covers for our Unwritten project – where we have invited writers to come up with some book blurbs for books not yet written/never to be written and asked artists to illustrate them.

We have decided to be very flexible in our approach to this project – and are keeping the submissions open for an indefinite period. So if you want to join in with the project, writers – email us with your book jacket blurb (spec here) and artists – we will send you a couple of book blurbs to choose from.  We will build these up into our online gallery.