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2013 – our highlights in words and images

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

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Issue 5 – Encyclopaedia Citaecephale

Cover picture of Issue 5
Issue 5

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.

Magazine from Acts of mild rebellion available to download

page from magazine
A page from Acts of mild rebellion magazine

The downloadable magazine from our ‘Acts of mild rebellion’ event is now available to download. You can find it on our Downloadable resources page. Or click here to go straight to the Acts of mild rebellion magazine. (PDF)

PDF magazine and podcast from our Anti-Valentine’s Tea Party

Anti-Valentine's fanzine cover
Our Anti-Valentine's fanzine

Here is the PDF magazine from the tea party – [antivalfanzine PDF 590KB]  – featuring extracts from the readings for your reading pleasure. Please note, the copyright belongs to the individual writer and if you wish to reproduce any of the writings you should email ME4writers@gmail.com. Please note – this contains some adult language!

You can also download the podcast of all the readings here.

Or you can read the publication online. The pages turn and everything!

Download our Birthday fanzine

If you missed our inaugural Write Now evening (shame on you!), you can download the PDF [427kb] – birthdaysfanzine – for your belated reading pleasure right now! All writings are copyright to the writers. Email us if you would like to reproduce them in any format.

cover of birthday fanzine
Write Now – Birthday fanzine

And just because we’re kind to you, here’s a link to the podcast too!

Or you might prefer to read the magazine online.