City without a head – New book by ME4Writers published

City without a head cover
City without a head cover
City without a head

“…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

She Writes – Crowdfunding Campaign – Plays by women – Please support!

Image of She Writes actors
Image of She Writes actors
She Writes – at the Rochester Literature Festival

She Writes is a showcase of new writing by women playwrights, produced by 17Percent, an organisation set up in 2009 by Medway-based Sam Hall to promote and support women writers (who write approximately only 17% of the plays produced in the UK). The night ran for just over a year at the Horsebridge in Whitstable, but recently had a well-received re-launch at the Rochester Literature Festival in October, and at the Canal Cafe in London. She Writes: What’s through the door? was a sci-fi slanted series of 3 short plays inspired by a story by HG Wells.

“Three plays in one, each delightful and mysterious. The pieces are beautifully and intelligently connected by an overarching narrative.” **** Everything Theatre

“I loved everything about She Writes: the concept; writing; performances and the whole collaborative process – brilliant!”

Now 17Percent are fundraising to develop She Writes further. We want to establish a regular night locally, so Medway residents have the opportunity to see top class new writing, and also to showcase our talented Medway writers in London. If you can help by donating anything – please go to our fundraising page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/she-writes-showcasing-plays-by-women

For more info on 17Percent and She Writes – visit http://17percent.wordpress.com, or follow us on Twitter: @17percent, or on Facebook: 17Percent.