Here are some photos from Roundabout Nights presents Bill Lewis – Now and Then.
Readers in our first half were Sam Rapp the dyslexic poet, Neil R Wood, Clair Meyrick and Barry Fentiman-Hall, then Bill read poetry from the start of his career right up to now, accompanied by anecdotes.
Thanks for the pics to David Bahia, Marilyn Simpson and Chris Tong.
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.
As part of Medway’s World Peace Day activities, we are holding a peace-themed Roundabout Nights on 21 September at Poco Loco. Those wishing to take part should contact us on the Roundabout Facebook page – otherwise turn up and we will do our best to fit you in.
We will be one in July! We have hosted a year’s worth of out live lit evening with 3 venues, 2 book launches, 3 play premieres, a relaunch of 17Percent’s She Writes showcase, our type and gripe night – ME4-rum, several live lit debuts and writers/performers including (but not limited to) Clair Meyrick, Barry Fentiman-Hall, Sarah March, Neil R Wood, Zack Davies, SM Jenkin, Rachel Davies, Dylan Oscar Rowe, Philip Kane, Sarah Hehir, Maria C McCarthy, Fiona Sinclair, Sam Fentiman-Hall, Maggie Drury, Malek Montag, Sam Rapp, Chris Van Beck, Lisa Vigour, Razz Saunders, and Luka Lukasik, with added songs from Bob Carling and Rachel McCarthy, and Paul Corcoran. And not forgetting our regular photogs, Bill Gooch, Chris Tong, and Marilyn Simpson. Thanks so much to everyone who has performed, read, written, taken photos, watched and enjoyed!
If you haven’t been yet, then where have you been on Mondays for the last year? We forgive you – come on down for cake on 6 July at Poco Loco!
A slightly sad tinge to Roundabout Nights this week, as we learned earlier that week that Terry Pratchett had gone off to walk with Bill Door and Binky.
So we read a few stories from Sir T, and heard the wise words of Barry and Sam Fentiman-Hall, Neil R Wood, Sam Rapp, Lisa Vigour, Sarah March, Chris Van Beck, Maggie Drury, and Zack Davies. Photos below from Man in the Attic Photography. And goodbye and thanks for all the fish to the Recreate Project and POP gallery, which is coming to the end of its run at the end of March.
We will leave you with Barry’s poem:
THE GREAT EMBUGGERANCE
We stride with giantly hubris
Through the streets of a ghost town,
Its gaily painted plywood pretence
Decorated with beautiful dreamers
We clever apes lend ourselves well
To this grand game of les buggeurs risible
Hurting more as years drift by
Playing on through endless injury time
And then, and then, it comes
With the inevitable darkness
Of a Sunday teatime in winter
A random embuggerance rears
From its watchful biding place
To rob us of the needful things
That gilded well our breathing
When we looked down on life
So much larger than it then
And such a steepling way to fall
Faster than the speed of light
With the darkness waiting always
So embuggered you’ll be stood
If still standing you can be
Beyond cat calling memories
AND NOW YOU MUST WALK WITH ME….
We came, we read, we listened, we acted, we applauded. The first night of Roundabout Nights at the Alex in Chatham was a sample of the type of events we will be hosting as part of this regular Monday night of literary delights.
You heard: Barry Fentiman-Hall reading poems from City without a head and various other poems. Deborah Klayman performing her monologue about a stalker ‘Lock up your sons’. Dylan Oscar Rowe reading poems and a short story. Ali Kemp and Deborah performing an extract from Sam Fentiman-Hall’s play ‘Randomly Accessed Memories’. Sophie Williams performing her poems. Deborah, Ali and Georgina Panton peforming Whoop’n’Wail’s short play ‘My Bloody Laundrette’. And Phil Kane performing poetry and storytelling.
Come and join us on Monday 4 August – where it’ll be the turn of She Writes.
We 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.
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
Tomorrow is National Poetry Day and we will be playing our game of Poetrymon around Medway. Do play along if you can! There are some cute poems to find!
You can follow clues on our Poetrymon blog, on Twitter by following @the7thtraveller or by checking out our Facebook page. #poetrymon