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.
What a busy 10 days we had at the start of October, when ME4Writers were happy to be part of the first Rochester Literature Festival.
We started the week on 3 October (National Poetry Day) with Poetrymon – our poetry treasure hunt game. (Picture shows one poem, found in coFWD.) We hid unique, original poem cards around Medway and left cryptic clues online for readers to follow. What we love about Poetrymon is the fact that most of the time we don’t know who finds the cards, (and in fact, sometimes we hope they will be a bit baffled,) but our main hope is that they enjoy the poetry! You can see more about the poets on our Poetrymon page.
On 5 October, Sam produced a theatre show as part of ‘A night at the theatre’. She Writes: What’s through the door? was a performance of 17Percent’s 4-star rated set of short plays based on a story by HG Wells. The plays, written by Whoop’n’wail, Sam Hall and Sarah Hehir, all have a sci-fi/surreal bent to them and invite the audience to explore other worlds – which fitted in fantastically with the festival’s theme.
“Three plays in one, each delightful and mysterious. The pieces are beautifully and intelligently connected by an overarching narrative.” **** Everything Theatre
“Both performances were astounding, so well written, produced & directed. It felt like a London quality night out in Rochester, I was totally in the world of all the stories.”
Our next event was the launch of our book on 8 October – City Without a Head – an anthology of poetry, prose and found literature, initially published over two years as a free fanzine. The collection refined, added and developed the ideas in our initial City Project (aka Encyclopaedia Citaecephale), and is published in a limited edition of 200 with gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Victoria Wainwright,(available from www.wordsmithery.info).
We played readings bingo, randomly generated readings chosen by the audience, ate sweets and listened to music with a city theme by the brilliant 3D.
“an exceptionally refreshing and eloquent anthology… wonderfully enthralling and the passion that oozes from each page is unquestionable.” **** Femalearts.com
Our final event of the Festival was our walking/writing tour of Rochester on 10 October – Write Around Town. Through a series of locally themed writing exercises, we asked writers to do the thing that ME4Writers seem to be obsessed by: looking at our locality from a different angle.
“Stimulating exchange of ideas and writing exercises to take away and work on.”