Roundabout Nights last night (10/11/16) featured the launch of Goose, a chapbook by the conceptual poet described by George Szirtes as “Harpo Marx meets Rilke”: Ira Lightman. (Book out on Diehard Editions). With support from Dan Simpson, Philip Kane, and performances from Neill Razz Saunders, Sam Rapp, Sam FH, Joanne Murray, Clair Meyrick, Maria McCarthy, and BFH.
Coming up on 5 December we have the launch of Frater XII Irrumabo’s short story collection Fear Death by Water. See the Facebook page for more info.
We have found a new home for Roundabout Nights at Poco Loco in Chatham Intra. Do follow the Facebook page for photos from events, and schedule. Facebook: Roundabout Nights. Tonight we’ll be presenting ‘Recount!’ which may have a vaguely political theme to it…
Some photos from Tales from the dark room at Pop Gallery on 2 March 2015.
Performances from Barry and Sam Fentiman-Hall, Neil R Wood, Razz Saunders, Philip Kane, Chris Van Beck, Luka Lukasik, and Dylan Oscar Rowe.
Photos from Man in the Attic photography, Marilyn Simpson and Chris Tong. Thanks to the Pop Gallery and Recreate for use of the space. The Pop Gallery LabRat Conspiracy is on til 7 March – if you want to see the photos in the background!
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.’
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
“Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are*”
The 4 October is National Poetry Day, and this year we are going to play our treasure hunt game of ‘Poetrymon’ again!
The theme this year is ‘Stars’ and ME4 and some of our friends and collaborators have been writing poems on the theme.
“From our earliest days, the poetry of stars surrounds us. We look at the stars and see stories in the constellations, our scientific selves boggle at the concept of interstellar travel and we steal the stars’ metaphorical power to name our cultural heroes. How to express this wonder, if not in poems?” (NPD website)
How does it work?
We will be producing one-off poetry cards which our team of hiders will distribute around Medway on National Poetry Day, 4 October. We will put clues as to the whereabouts of each card on Twitter, Facebook and this website. You can then follow the clue and find your own ME4 poem. If you enjoy your poem, please let us know by Twitter or email. The first 5 people to get in touch will receive an ME4Writers badge.
* You can watch a film about Poetrymon 2011, here.
(First published as a poem by Jane Taylor in Rhymes for the Nursery in London in 1806)
ME4 Writers, (Sarah, Sam, Roy and Barry) by Nikki Price
We had brilliant audiences over the weekend, and reckon we had an average of 40 people per show on Friday and Sunday and about 20 per show on Saturday.
Our show consisted of extracts from ‘I put the case – the collected letters of John Jaggers QC’, telling the story of Jaggers’ career after the book, by Barry Fentiman, ‘Waiting for Charlie’ a Beckett-esque musing on what might really have happened to the soldiers on the marshes, by Roy Smith, ‘Social critique 2011’ by Sarah March D’angelo, on what might have happened if Sarah Pockett had been born now, and ‘Books alive!’ an interdimensional book review show (see trailer!) which interviews Molly, Jaggers’ mysterious maid, written by Sam Hall.
We have put some extracts on our Youtube channel, (one of the Jaggers’ letters, and Waiting for Charlie) and the booklet with texts from the show will be available to download soon.
from the people formerly known as ME4Writers. Head over to www.wordsmithery.info for the most up-to-date stuff!