LIVELIT

ME4Writers have curated events and created live literature performances, showcasing the work of local Medway writers, musicians and photographers.

Our Live Literature Events

February 2010  –  Dickens Birthday event. Readings from ‘The Seventh Traveller,’ a collaborative multimedia project inspired by a short story by Dickens and a 3-hour one off live show of readings and music, both held at Dickens World.

February 2010 –  Anti-Valentine’s event. A 3-hour takeover and live literary event at The (old) Deaf Cat (an arts cafe,) including breakout rooms with Dada poetry making, personal poetry and quiz with fabulous prizes.

March 2011  –  ‘Acts of mild rebellion’. A 2-hour show, with lecture, poetry recitals and a quiz, held in Simply Italian, a Rochester restaurant.
“The people I met were very friendly and engaging and I was impressed by all the work presented and enacted. You did well to fuse it together seamlessly.” “Thanks for a fab event, and the cupcakes were divine!” “An excellent evening.”

Roy reading '52 weeks of rejection'
Roy reading ’52 weeks of rejection’ at Acts of mild rebellion

April 2011  –  ‘Alternative Royal Wedding’ open mic literary event held on Rochester Esplanade. A 3-hour picnic and open mic event to provide an antidote to the Royal Wedding. Readings from invited guests and open mic. Including a draw your own coat of arms competition.

Republican picnic picture
Poetry overlooking the Medway

October 2012 – ‘Short Encounters’. The live version of our Short Encounters podcasts.  An evening of stories, music and fun at the Dot Cafe in Rochester.

November 2012 – ‘Letters Home’ launch. An afternoon of readings and music in Rochester Library.

June 2013 – The WordShed at Fuse Festival. We were awarded a Spark Commission to take ‘possibly the world’s smallest writing retreat’ around the Medway towns and invited over 100 people of all ages in to sit awhile and write. ‘I heart WordShed.’  “We only came to Chatham today because the kids enjoyed the WordShed at Gillingham yesterday.” “It’s a wonderful idea, I will come back with the grandchildren tomorrow.”

Deep in concentration in the WordShed.
Deep in concentration in the WordShed.

July 2013 – ‘WordShed lite’ at The Rochester Literature Festival Garden Party. Visitors could come and sit on Charlie’s Chair and let the muse inspire them, as they made cut’n’paste poetry, added to the longest collaborative poem we’ve ever done, or play a random poetry/prose writing game.

Photo of boy writing poem
Adding to Medway’s longest collaborative poem

October 2013 – Events for the Rochester Literature Festival:

Photo of the Poetrymon card
Mr Puffy found a Poetrymon card! (Photo by coFWD)
  • 3 October – Poetrymon 2013. Poem cards are distributed around Medway and clues left online.
  • 5 October – 17Percent presents ‘She Writes: What’s through the door?’. Three short plays as part of ‘A night at the theatre’, plus Q+A hosted by Sam Hall.
  • 8 October – ‘City without a head’ launch. The launch of our anthology in Ye Arrow, Rochester.
  • 10 October – ‘Write around town’. A walking/writing touring provocation to look differently at your location.

“The Rochester Literature Festival are thrilled to have the outstanding ME4Writers on board once again, delivering a wonderful variety of activity across the Other Worlds, Other Voices festival. Their dedication, passion, commitment and enthusiasm make them a pleasure to work with and we look forward to doing so on many more occasions.”

What the Dickens?
ME4Writers devised new writing shows at the Dickens Festival (2010 + 2011)

Picture of readers at the Dickens Festival

We wrote and performed two half hour shows for the Dickens Festivals in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, our show was ‘The Seventh Traveller’, readings from our collaborative project, based on a short story by Dickens.

ME4 Writers at Dickens 2011

In 2011, our show was called ‘Low Expectations’ and told the untold stories of the minor characters in ‘Great Expectations’.

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