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The Admiral’s Tea Party – this Saturday

The Admiral’s Tea Party is this Saturday!

We have been preparing the event for months now, so hope to see you there! Here are a few of the photos: some of the poets on a trip to the site, some inspirations for costume and set and our lovely poster!

Book here – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3005336

Entry to the tea party doesn’t need to be booked, but if you want to go on the walk you should as spaces are limited.



Photos from Maria McCarthy’s Takeover of Roundabout Nights

Last night we enjoyed hearing Maria C McCarthy’s stories from her book ‘As long as it takes’, poetry and a short sci-fi story, accompanied by music and song from Bob Carling and Rachel McCarthy.

Open-mic-ers were: Sam Rapp, Neil R Wood, Sam Fentiman-Hall and Sarah March.

Thanks to Marilyn Simpson and Chris Tong for the photos.

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Maria C McCarthy to guest at Roundabout Nights on 1 December

Cover of As long as it takesWe are delighted to welcome author and Cultured LLama publisher Maria C McCarthy to Roundabout Nights on 1 December.

Maria will be reading from her collection of short stories; ‘As long as it takes’, the book gives voice to the lost generation of Irish women who sailed to England to look for work in the middle of the twentieth century. Maura Flaherty and her daughters struggle with identity, belonging, love, sexuality and grief – and dilemmas such as whether to like punk or Elvis.

With no concessions to nostalgia or sentimentality, this deeply moving and beautifully written book, by a second-generation Irish writer, tells the interwoven stories of an immigrant family. Maria C. McCarthy skilfully weaves the historical and cultural significance of Anglo-Irish relations into a half-century of family life.

‘Dark, impeccably minimalistic stories about immigrant Irish mothers and their English-born daughters.’ Martina Evans, author of Petrol (Anvil 2012)

‘Maria C. McCarthy knows how to tell this complex story, and she tells it with humanity and imagination. The thoughts, speech and actions of her characters make them intensely alive.’ Susan Wicks, author of A Place to Stop (Salt 2012)

‘…a well-made and thoughtful collection of linked short stories on the theme of Irish migration. The stories are subtle and sophisticated, the characters well drawn and the world they occupy made vivid for the reader.’ Stewart Brown, author of Tourist, Traveller, Troublemaker: Essays on Poetry (Peepal Tree Press 2007)

There will also be music from Bob Carling and an open mic.

Maria C McCarthy: guest author at Roundabout Nights
1 December, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. (Free.)
Upstairs at the Alexandra Hotel, 43 Railway St, Chatham, ME4 6RJ
Find us on Facebook: Roundabout Nights

Poetry fun on National Poetry Day

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This poem was locked out of the Oast House!

For the second year running we played our game of Poetrymon across the 5 Medway towns.

In the day-long poetry treasure hunt, we hoofed it from Chatham to Rainham, Gillingham, then finally  Strood and Rochester.

In Poetrymon, ME4Writers make unique, one-off poem cards which are hidden about Medway to celebrate National Poetry Day.  Poems were written by Barry Fentiman, Sam Hall, Sarah Jenkin and Roy Smith. The hiders were Sam, Sarah and Barry.

This year the theme for NPD was ‘Stars’, so a good number of the poems responded to the theme. You can see more about Poetrymon on the website, we will also be adding some more pictures, poems and video to the site. The clues were also posted on Twitter and FaceBook. If you found a poem, we hope that it made your (National Poetry) day!!

‘Poetrymon 2’

Poetrymon cards
Poetrymon cards 2011

“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)

Poetry competition – open to all and free to enter!

Last chance to write a poem about your town

Your poem could win you £1,000 in the Local Poem Competition.

It’s free to enter thisannual competition and it’s open to all UK residents, young or old. All you have to do is send up to three poems about life in your own home town or area to “Local Poem”, United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB orvisit the website www.unitedpress.co.uk and enter online, or call 0844 800 9177.

The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to three entries, which must be no more than 25 lines and 160 words each.

“The competition is designed to encourage more people to get involved in writing poetry. Your entry can be about something or someone from your home area,” explained a United Press spokesman. “We find that poems written from personal observation and experience are the most heartfelt and expressive, so we’re expecting some great entries.”

Last year’s winner was Pamela Griffiths from Sheffield and previous winners came from Bristol, Oxford, Stafford and Rotherham. Previous winning poems have been about village life, a river, a tower, a country walk and local history.


The closing date is December 31st 2011.