We are delighted to say that Wordsmithery (the team behind ME4Writers) was the Winner in the 2015 Literature category in the Medway Cuture, Design and Tourism Awards held on 22 October 2015, at Mid-Kent College.
The 2015 Culture, Design and Tourism Awards serve to recognise groups and individuals for their outstanding achievements and contribution to Medway.
We’d like to thank everyone who has collaborated with us first as ME4Writers, and now as Wordsmithery.
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.
Happy New Year to all our followers and friends! 2013 was (again) a busy year for ME4Writers.
ME4Writers was started in 2009 by Sam Fentiman-Hall and since then, the collective has worked with over 500 members of the Kent community (focussing on Medway), on over 40 literary projects and events, with the aim of bringing more words to Medway.
ME4Writers is a loose grouping of Medway writers who work on different projects, also doing their own writing projects individually, though is held together by Sam and Barry Fentiman-Hall. Writers and creatives will join us for one or more projects at a time, and most of our projects and events are open and accessible to all. (ME4Writers is now part of Wordsmithery, a literary development company set up by Sam, which also encompasses 17Percent, an organisation which supports female playwrights. www.wordsmithery.info)
Some examples of the sort of events we have run are: poetry open mics in alternative venues; new writing shows at the Dickens Festiva;, an open exhibition about memory and place – ‘Letters Home’ – in two Medway libraries; a Medway-wide poetry treasure hunt game for National Poetry Day; creative writing workshops and tutorials; took ‘possibly the world’s smallest writing retreat’ to the Fuse Festival 2013; published an anthology of creative writing about cities; and created a walking-writing tour of Rochester and other events for the inaugural Rochester Literature Festival.
A few highlights from this year:
May-June: The WordShed at Fuse Festival – we received a Spark Commission from Medway Council to pilot our new writing shed. We lead four creative writing workshops in Strood, Rochester, Walderslade Village and Chatham libraries in advance of the festival. We also made a printed booklet The Seed Catalogue with highlights from the workshops, which was given out at the festival, and online we published The Seed Compendium, a collection of everything (legible) from the Fuse Festival weekend. Find out more about the WordShed on the WordShed blog.
July and October: Rochester LitFest – we created a number of literary delights for the new festival. In July at the Garden Party we did a version of WordShed lite in the garden at The Good Intent. Then in October, at the festival proper, we played Poetrymon – our poetry treasure hunt game (in the pouring rain) on National Poetry Day, launched our first full-length book (published by Wordsmithery) City without a head, and led a walking/writing tour of Rochester. For 17Percent, Sam also produced a theatre show; She Writes – What’s through the door?
City without a head: This is the culmination of a long standing ME4Writers’ project. Extracts from the anthology were published in parts as part of a guerilla distribution scheme, where we hid issues of a limited edition fanzine around Medway and further afield (some went to Sweden, Australia and America!) Wordsmithery launched City without a head on 8 October 2013, you can still buy a limited edition issue from Wordsmithery. In November we read extracts from the book on Fizzer’s Radio Show, which you can hear here.
“this anthology is wonderfully enthralling and the passion that oozes from each page is unquestionable. It’s not an easy read – some of it will make your head spin in the sheer density of its intimacy (I now feel like I know each author personally) but it is rewarding.” **** Female Arts
Hot off the press we have Issue 5 of our encyclopaedia – covering the letters KLMN. *Please note – the Encyclopaedia contains some swearing, and should only be read by those of an open-minded persuasion.
kudos (2)You will respect me
Got Hackett on my jacket
Shiver in the cold
Is a cowboy without any shoes, riding a three legged horse to a nameless town, by a river that runs nowhere.
Yesterday Barry and Sam represented ME4 Writers at a writers’ workshop in London at the Utopian arts festival, an independent festival based at a space called Mapalim in Kentish Town.
The event took the format of readings and some group activities, and we got to hear some interesting new work.
The festival runs from 10-22 July, so check out their website to find out what activities they are running. On Saturday they have a programme of speakers and possibly also some readers.
Four of ME4 Writers submitted works on the theme of utopia – Sam Hall’s Kaleidoscope – a futuristic sci-fi nightmare which will also appear in the next issue of Encyclopaedia Citaecephale – Barry Fentiman’s Jerusalem rebooted, an updating of a familiar work, a new poem by Gemma Quinnell and a short story by Clive Radford.
We are looking for submissions for an upcoming horror project. Submissions should feature the Medway towns and be in one of four categories: slasher, creature feature, supernatural or psychological. We are looking for short stories, scripts or poems no longer than 1000 words.
Selected pieces will be recorded as a podcast and may be used at a live event.
ME4 Writers attended the wonderful Accidental Collective’s i am small THE WORLD IS BIG finale on 28 May. Fun activities through the day included Open discussions, Human rights bingo, Extreme mind mapping, badge making and cupcake decorating.
As part of the day we performed writings inspired by the workshop we attended back in April. The writing is all in the PDF that follows.
ME4 Writers attended a very stimulating workshop as part of accidental collective’s i am small THE WORLD IS BIG project on Saturday 16 April.
Each member cut up and reshaped the world according to something personal to them.
We will be doing some writing inspired by the event, which will be available at the accidental collective open event on 28 May at Kent County Hall. Come along, re-make your own world and hear some of our writing too. We will post more info nearer the date.
from the people formerly known as ME4Writers. Head over to www.wordsmithery.info for the most up-to-date stuff!