ROUNDABOUT NIGHTS is a new free live literary night for Medway, organised by Wordsmithery (the literature development organisation who produce ME4Writers and 17Percent). It will be held weekly on Mondays, upstairs at the Alexandra Hotel pub in Chatham. Getting to the pub is easy – it’s right next to Chatham rail station and about 5 minutes from the bus station. (Many buses also stop at the rail station.)
The event will showcase a rotating schedule of events including the relaunch of 17Percent’s She Writes showcase of short plays by women; spoken word poetry and stories; ME4-rum – a workshop/lit-chat where you can bring your writing and work on it in a shared environment, (think of it as a type’n’ gripe rather than a stich’n’bitch); and special guest programmers who will take over for the night.
Roundabout Nights offer an opportunity for writers to showcase their work, get feedback and talk to other writers. If you don’t call yourself a writer you are also welcome too to come along and be part of the audience!
Coming up, we have:
~ 18 August: Spoken word
~ 25 August: Bank Holiday – No show tonight
~ 1 September: She Writes – short plays about holidays
~ 8 September: Type’n’gripe at ME4-rum
~ 15 September: Spoken word
~ 22 September: Guest slot: Politics, plays and policies. Plays inspired by political themes
~ 29 September: She Writes – plays on a Byronic theme
~ 6 October: Type’n’gripe at ME4-rum
Upstairs at the Alexandra Hotel, 43 Railway St, Chatham, ME4 6RJ
Find us on Facebook: Roundabout Nights
*Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs room is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.
“…this anthology is wonderfully enthralling and the passion that oozes from each page is unquestionable.” **** Femalearts.com
Medway-based ME4Writers are proud to present their new book – City without a head – an anthology of creative writing written over several years, which was launched on 8 October at the Rochester Literature Festival.
City without a head is based on ME4Writers’ long-running writing project: The City Project aka Encyclopaedia Citaecephale, where they created non-definitions for an alternative encyclopaedia which was printed in a series of 8 limited edition zines and left around Medway (and further afield).
The book is a collection of poems, stories, interlinked sci-fi fragments and found writings collected in the form of an index by ME4Writers’ regular authors Barry Fentiman, Sam Hall, SM Jenkin, Anne-Marie Jordan, Sarah March, Tara Moyle and Roy Smith. It also features illustrations by award-winning artist Victoria Wainwright. The aim of the book is to try to define what the authors feel about living in cities, and take a sideways look at our urban predicament. This is a theme which many of ME4Writers’ projects respond to.
City without a head has been published by Wordsmithery and costs £12. You can order a copy from www.wordsmithery.info
When you look out over Strood do you see lights in the sky or is the Pentagon really concealing a tear in reality?
We are looking for new sci-fi writing influenced by the Medway Towns. Submissions could be short stories, scripts or poems deal with anything from alien abduction or time travel to visions of the future. Entries should be no longer 1000 words.
Selected pieces will be collected as a podcast and may be used for a live event.
Please submit in word format to email@example.com by May 1st 2012