Category Archives: Poetry

Roundabout Nights presents ‘Paint it Black’

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24 April, Roundabout Nights

As part of the Paint The Town festival we are hosting a night of poetry and words about mental health to accompany Bridget Aphrodite’s show in the festival ‘My Beautiful Black Dog’.

Billed as ‘a musical about depression’, this electrifying show challenges the urgent stigma around mental health and encourages the audience to take ownership over their own black dogs whilst channeling infectious dance moves, swagger-boss costumes and banging tunes!

Roundabout Nights regulars Dylan Oscar Rowe and Spreken are confirmed headliners and we will have our usual pre-bookable open mic, in what promises to be an intense, educational and entertaining night.

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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.

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!

 

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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Photos from Maria McCarthy’s Takeover of Roundabout Nights

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.

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Fiona Sinclair poetry launch at Roundabout Nights

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Ladies who lunch launch

We are getting excited about the launch of Fiona Sinclair’s poetry collection – ‘Ladies who lunch’ on 17 November.

Fiona Sinclair lives in Kent. She was an English Teacher for eighteen years until a balance disorder made her retire from teaching. Enforced free time and a good dose of CBT encouraged her to return to writing. She has had several pamphlets and small collections published over the last seven years.

Fiona’s work deals with the past, family and the peculiarities of life. Her poetry forms little vignettes or stories. This is her first full collection. Fiona is the founder/editor of the on-line poetry magazine Message in a Bottle. She loves black and white movies, hand
bags and horse racing.

Come and hear Fiona read from her new book on 17 November, at Roundabout Nights.  There will also be an open mic for poets.

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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