Introducing Confluence magazine

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Photo of Confluence 1 + 3
Confluence 1 + 3

Confluence is a new writing magazine from Wordsmithery. Confluence aims to introduce writers from the East Kent area to writers from everywhere else and promote artistic exchange. We are open now for submissions of short plays, short stories and poems.

We will be publishing a print copy four times a year (August, December, February and May). See the Submissions page for what we’re looking for and how to submit!

You can order Issues 1 and 3 and subscribe at the Wordsmithery website if you want to get a feel for the type of writing we’re looking for.

Writers we have featured so far include: Issue 1 (all available online)  Janine Booth, sean burn, Matt Chamberlain, Nancy Charley, David Cramer Smith,  Zack Davies, Rachel Davis,  Sarah Hehir, Dan Horrigan, SM Jenkin, Daphne Margolys, Tara Moyle, Katarina Rankovic (illustrations), Angel Uriel Perales, Cameron Williamson.

Issue 2 (all available online) Linked to our ‘An assemblance of judicious heretics; re:imagining Shakespeare’ project – featuring poetry and prose from 33 writers and interpretations of their words by 32 artists.

Issue 3 (some video extracts available online) Stories and poems from Matt Chamberlain, Nancy Charley, Maggie Drury (woodcut illustrations), Barry Fentiman Hall, Sam Hall (a play), Mark Holihan, Shaun Philip Hutchings, Philip Kane, Bill Lewis, Daphne Margolys, Maria C. McCarthy, Katarina Rankovic, David Cramer Smith, Spreken, Jonathan Terranova, and Barrie West.

The magazine is printed using a Risograph machine locally at Intra on recycled paper, using vegetable inks, which gives it a retro feel. “…it’s so satisfying to hold and read! Typeface is fab, paper is perfect magazine weight. Old school printing was an inspired choice…”

See more at the Confluence website.

Coming up at Roundabout Nights

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Photo of As long as it takes book cover
Maria C McCarthy is our guest on 1 December

We have a busy schedule of guest readings and performances at Roundabout Nights at the Alexandra, Chatham for the rest of the year.

On 17 November, poet Fiona Sinclair joins us for the Medway launch of her first full-length poetry collection, ‘Ladies who lunch’. Fiona’s work deals with the past, family and the peculiarities of life. Her poetry forms little vignettes or stories.

On 24 November, She Writes at Roundabout Nights are pleased to present a rehearsed reading of Alison Mead’s new full-length play ‘Politic Man’. The play tells the story of an extraordinary couple, Alfred and Ada Salter, who were instrumental in improving living conditions in the East End in the first part of the 1900s.

On 1 December, writer and publisher Maria C McCarthy will join us as our guest author. Maria will be reading stories from her highly lauded collection ‘As long as it takes’; ‘Dark, impeccably minimalistic stories about immigrant Irish mothers and their English-born daughters.’ Martina Evans

On 8 December, we will have our last Type’n’gripe of the year, so if you’ve been doing NANOWRIMO, why don’t you bring that along and share an extract! Our final event of the year will be our Christmas Lucky Dip Party on 15 December, where there will be festive mirth and treats aplenty! We hope to see you at some of our literary events!

Roundabout Nights
Doors 7pm, readings from 7.30pm
Upstairs at the Alexandra Hotel, 43 Railway St, Chatham, ME4 6RJ