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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.

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

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.

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.


Heretics 2015 launch event

Some images from the launch event of our lit-art exhibition. More to follow soon. Thanks to Marilyn Simpson and David Bahia for these. The exhibition is on at Rochester Library until the end of September, and there is a booklet of all the writing which can be read in the library alongside the artworks. You can also order a limited edition catalogue-anthology of the project from www.wordsmithery.info

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Heretics assembling for the sequel

Poster for exhibition
Lit-art exhibition in Medway, September 2015

‘The Road Not Taken’; Medway writers and artists reveal their text-art collaborations at Rochester Library for a second year

An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics is a large scale collaborative project from Medway-based literary art organisation Wordsmithery (the people who bring you ME4Writers), fusing words and images from writers and artists from Medway and beyond. Lat year in our inaugural year, as part of the Rochester Literature Festival, we teamed up 22 writers with 20 artists. This year the exhibition has grown by a third, as 32 writers will have their work interpreted by at least 27 artists!

We asked writers to write a piece inspired by Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’, then we gave these writings anonymously to artists who interpreted them without knowing who the authors are.

The collaborations are revealed in our exhibition which runs until from 1-30 September 2015 at Rochester Library, then for a fortnight at Lordswood Library (timings tbc).

Artwork by long-standing and established Medway writers and artists sits alongside the work of new talent in this stunning exhibition. Some of the writers whose work features are Bill Lewis, Maria C McCarthy, Sarah Hehir, Sam Fentiman-Hall, Philip Kane, and some of the artists include: Peter Reeds (whose art features as the illustration for the exhibition poster), Heather Haythornthwaite, Chris Van Beck, Dianne Reeves and Maggie Drury.

Artists have interpreted the texts in a variety of media – including, photograms, oil paintings, photographs, textiles, collage, linoprints and sculpture.

The texts which inspired the artwork will be revealed in full at an event on 3 September 2015, where the writers will read their work, and leave a booklet of the stories and poems for visitors to read. The event, which is free to attend, takes place at Rochester Library.

Barry Fentiman-Hall of Wordsmithery, who curated the exhibition said: “This is collaborative art at its best. A simple idea passes through many hands and emerges in a way that is completely unpredictable. It is still recognisable in some vague way, like a distant relative, but it has evolved into a different thing, and it is beautiful.”

Wordsmithery are also planning to publish a limited edition catalogue of the exhibition for £15, which will be available to pre-order from the Wordsmithery website, and at the launch event.

Exhibition details:
An Assemblance of Judicious Heretics: ‘The Road Not Taken’
Exhibition: 1-30 September 2015
Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester

Launch Event:
Live readings from the exhibition: 3 September, 7.30pm, Rochester Library.

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.

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.