Creatabot

Creatabot is a project that connects, promotes and supports creativity. Based in Medway, UK.

Confluence Writer Development Programme seeking Medway applicants

Local literary arts organisation Wordsmithery has been granted funding for a year-long writing project which will allow them to enthuse and infuse Medway with words. More details about the project will … Continue reading

11/10/2017 · Leave a comment

How can writers stay visible?

On Saturday 21 March I’m running a day school in Canterbury from 10am – 4pm called The Business of Writing 2: Now you see me – how writers can stay … Continue reading

14/03/2015 · Leave a comment

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know: Rochester Literature Festival 2014

September 25th – October 5th 2014 The Rochester Literature Festival is proud to present its second annual festival, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know. We’re delighted to be opening this … Continue reading

08/09/2014 · 2 Comments

The Word Play Wagon lights the Fuse in Walderslade

Jaye Nolan, Festival Director of the Rochester Literature Festival, has been selected by the Kent Baton to open their Sparks Fuse Festival project, One Day Works. Jaye’s short term residence … Continue reading

30/05/2014 · Leave a comment

Spoke ‘n’ Word – FREE workshops for 14-21yrs

17th May | Times and venues listed below  Shout Out to all budding spoken word artists, poets, wordsmiths, song writers and emcees aged 14 -21yrs. Free opportunity for two full … Continue reading

13/05/2014 · Leave a comment

Seasonally Effected – Creative Open-Mic Events – Medway

Seasonally Effected is a Rochester based open-mic night for creative and cultural exploration.  It features a diverse mix of performances including poetry, short film, comedy, short stories, original music, plays … Continue reading

05/01/2014 · Leave a comment

Cybermen and Clay: objects and emotions by Jane Ayres

  We invest objects with emotional significance.  Although they are simply things, they can represent something that connects us to a person or a time in the past.  I have … Continue reading

11/10/2013 · Leave a comment

We are stories by Jane Ayres

The concept of stories, storytelling and narrative fascinates me and is a constant source of discovery.  I’ve also explored the idea of writing as therapy for depression and grief.  In … Continue reading

28/09/2013 · 1 Comment

The Vision and the Voice: Part 2 by Jane Ayres

Photo by Roger Hyland How do you see the world? Is it ugly, beautiful, evil, good, exciting, depressing? A mixture?  None of these?  The mind’s eye is a strange expression. … Continue reading

21/08/2013 · Leave a comment

The Vision and the Voice: Part 1 by Jane Ayres

If I admire a writer, it will be for two reasons.  Firstly, their vision and the ideas expressed and explored.  I came to sci-fi late in life but I am … Continue reading

13/08/2013 · 3 Comments

The Value Triangle and measuring the value of culture by Jane Ayres

The Big Cheese  (Photo by Jane Ayres) Earlier in the month I attended a conference about using the arts to regenerate East Kent coastal towns, a topic dear to my … Continue reading

29/07/2013 · Leave a comment

“Twenty dollars worth of art, please.” By Jane Ayres

Growing up in the 60s and 70s it was a treat after school to stop by the corner shop and buy a penny’s worth of sweets.  Lemon bonbons were my … Continue reading

12/05/2013 · 3 Comments

Writing, therapy and positive outcomes by Jane Ayres

When I was younger, writing poetry which described and explored my state of mind during major depression may have saved me from a nervous breakdown.  Artists and writers can, and … Continue reading

16/01/2013 · 5 Comments

Play, dream, write by Jane Ayres

On the bus to Tunbridge Wells today I became aware of a dad with his toddler sitting at the front of the upper deck, both father and son playing at … Continue reading

21/12/2012 · 3 Comments

For the journey by Jane Ayres

So many great stories are about literal or spiritual journeys, in which the protagonist is changed by the process, whether she has experienced incredible dramatic adventures or pursued more reflective … Continue reading

09/12/2012 · Leave a comment

Rewriting, Editing and Patchwork Quilts by Jane Ayres

Writing is hard.  Creating something from nothing, from the recesses of your imagination, can sometimes feel a bit like pulling teeth.  Your own.  But when you’ve overcome that painful first … Continue reading

22/11/2012 · 2 Comments

The Harshest Deadline Ever Levied – By James Bovington

I’m writing a novel. I know, I know; who isn’t? Go into any overpriced coffee-delivery chain-pit in the world and you’ll be able to spot at least three people with … Continue reading

08/11/2012 · 2 Comments

The Art of Wish Fulfilment by Jane Ayres

When I was a child, I longed to have my own horse.  This was destined never to happen, because apart from living in an urban area, my parents couldn’t afford … Continue reading

05/11/2012 · 5 Comments

Garrets and Gatekeepers by Jane Ayres

More than 30 years ago I wrote an article for the now defunct Composer magazine called Starving in Garrets.  It was all about how painfully difficult it was for composers … Continue reading

01/11/2012 · 1 Comment

Writing in a Cupboard – by Jane Ayres

A dear friend recently reminded me that I once wrote in a cupboard. In a previous home I rented, space was very limited but the bedroom had a large walk-in … Continue reading

20/10/2012 · 2 Comments

Are You a Bad Enough Dude to Write a Novel in One Month? – by James Bovington.

We’re fast approaching November, which is important for a number of reasons; It’s almost December, which means Christmas and New Year’s Eve are coming up, bonfire night is always good … Continue reading

01/10/2012 · 4 Comments

A Self-Hating Bunch (or ‘A Thought Strikes Me’) – By James Bovington

Artists are a self-hating bunch. That’s the prevailing notion among the ‘normals’, anyway. By ‘normals’ I mean people who don’t consider themselves artists or ‘creatives’, although I think Mr. Teller, … Continue reading

17/09/2012 · 4 Comments

Page Fright – by Jane Ayres

Empty space. Empty place. A blank page on a blank screen. Fear of the unknown.  Is that what is so daunting about writing those first few words?  Why is that … Continue reading

06/09/2012 · 6 Comments

Marketing; An Arid, Lonely Desert – by James Bovington

Yesterday garnered an interesting new experience for me, a new aspect of the world of writing that threw me for a loop and no mistake; Just on a whim I … Continue reading

04/09/2012 · 4 Comments

Getting Published: Fifty Shades Style – By Emily Foster

Almost everyone in the publishing industry is reeling at the moment at the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey series. Last week it was reported that it has become … Continue reading

17/08/2012 · Leave a comment

An ebook is for life…..by Jane Ayres

In a previous post I quoted author Jonathan Franzen, and do so again as his views are thought provoking. Regarded as one of America’s greatest living novelists, he is not … Continue reading

09/08/2012 · 3 Comments

Tick Tock – By Jane Ayres

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted.” This quote, attributed to John Lennon, will resonate with many creatives, especially writers. For some, myself included, writing seems to lend itself to … Continue reading

10/07/2012 · Leave a comment

New Creatabot Contributor – Emily Foster

Our new contributor Emily will be writing short diary type articles for Creatabot that discuss her recent experiences working for small independent publishing house “Limehouse Books“. Her aim is to … Continue reading

15/05/2012 · Leave a comment

Introducing A New Creatabot Contributor – Jennifer Denty – Illustrator and Designer

We welcome a new contributor to Creatabot – Jennifer Denty is a freelance illustrator and designer from Hertfordshire and we are really glad to have her input on Creatabot. Jennifer will … Continue reading

23/04/2012 · Leave a comment

ME4 Writers Present: Short Encounters – Open For Submissions – Until May1st 2012

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 … Continue reading

14/03/2012 · Leave a comment

From Aphra Behn to the Angry Young Women – Talk By Sam Hall – 8th March 2012 – Rochester

 From Aphra Behn to the angry young women: A top ten of the UK’s women playwrights for International Women’s Day. From Aphra Behn, the first British woman to make a living … Continue reading

22/02/2012 · Leave a comment

Rochester Writers Retreat – 18th March 2012 – Rochester – Kent

ME4 Writers are organising a one day writers retreat for the 18th March 10am -4pm at coFWD in 161 Rochester High Street.  This is a trial, so for this event … Continue reading

30/01/2012 · Leave a comment

A life in literature: Dickens and Medway – Talk at Chatham Library – 20th March 2012

A life in literature: Dickens and Medway is a talk by Jeremy Clarke about objects in the Guildhall Museum’s collection, combining literacy biography with local history.

18/01/2012 · Leave a comment

Heroes and Villains: Poetry workshop for World Poetry Day – Strood – Kent

Saturday 24th March 2012 From Greek myths to fairytales, football to politics, TV to comic books: who are the heroes, who are the villains? An inspiring creative writing workshop for … Continue reading

04/01/2012 · Leave a comment

Submit your work to ME4′s ‘Short and Nasties’

ME4 writers are looking for submissions for an upcoming horror project. Submissions should feature the Medway towns and be in one of four categories: slasher, creature feature, supernatural or psychological. … Continue reading

03/08/2011 · Leave a comment

Foundation Degree in Professional Writing – North West Kent College Dartford

One of Kent’s best kept secrets, the Foundation Degree in Professional Writing offers students the chance to develop a range of writing skills and includes a number of published writers, performed … Continue reading

19/07/2011 · Leave a comment

“How to Get a Break as a Writer” – New Book By Neil Nixon

This new book by Kent writer Neil Nixon discusses the opportunities that exist out there for writers. It is a book about generating an income from your writing showing you … Continue reading

15/02/2011 · Leave a comment