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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.

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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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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

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.

 

 

See us in the city…

Photo of CWAH at Chatham Waterstones
At Chatham Waterstones

We are delighted to announce that you can now get City Without a Head in Chatham Waterstones. It’ll still cost you £12. You can also buy it online (plus postage) from www.wordsmithery.info. (Though maybe you might get a little extra surprise gift if you buy it online…)

You can also now follow our City Without a Head blog – where we will be posting extracts and images from cities we visit.

Or follow us on Twitter: @headlesscity

 

Thanks for a fantastic Rochester Literature Festival!

Photo of the Poetrymon card
Photo by coFWD

What a busy 10 days we had at the start of October, when ME4Writers were happy to be part of the first Rochester Literature Festival.

We started the week on 3 October (National Poetry Day) with Poetrymon – our poetry treasure hunt game. (Picture shows one poem, found in coFWD.) We hid unique, original poem cards around Medway and left cryptic clues online for readers to follow. What we love about Poetrymon is the fact that most of the time we don’t know who finds the cards, (and in fact, sometimes we hope they will be a bit baffled,) but our main hope is that they enjoy the poetry! You can see more about the poets on our Poetrymon page.

Photo of actors dressed as aliens
Aliens, a bull and a bear and a red herring sandwich…

On 5 October, Sam produced a theatre show as part of ‘A night at the theatre’. She Writes: What’s through the door? was a performance of 17Percent’s 4-star rated set of short plays based on a story by HG Wells. The plays, written by Whoop’n’wail, Sam Hall and Sarah Hehir, all have a sci-fi/surreal bent to them and invite the audience to explore other worlds – which fitted in fantastically with the festival’s theme.

“Three plays in one, each delightful and mysterious. The pieces are beautifully and intelligently connected by an overarching narrative.” **** Everything Theatre

“Both performances were astounding, so well written, produced & directed. It felt like a London quality night out in Rochester, I was totally in the world of all the stories.”

Photo of Barry Fentiman reading at the launch
Barry reading at the launch

Our next event was the launch of our book on 8 October – City Without a Head – an anthology of poetry, prose and found literature, initially published over two years as a free fanzine. The collection refined, added and developed the ideas in our initial City Project (aka Encyclopaedia Citaecephale), and is published in a limited edition of 200 with gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Victoria Wainwright,(available from www.wordsmithery.info).

We played readings bingo, randomly generated readings chosen by the audience, ate sweets and listened to music with a city theme by the brilliant 3D.

“an exceptionally refreshing and eloquent anthology… wonderfully enthralling and the passion that oozes from each page is unquestionable.” **** Femalearts.com

Our final event of the Festival was our walking/writing tour of Rochester on 10 October – Write Around Town. Through a series of locally themed writing exercises, we asked writers to do the thing that ME4Writers seem to be obsessed by: looking at our locality from a different angle.

“Stimulating exchange of ideas and writing exercises to take away and work on.”

“I now view Rochester through different eyes.”

Thanks to Rochester Literature Festival for a fantastic first festival.