The Seed Compendium contains large selection of additional creative writing from the Fuse Festival and our WordShops. You can read it online or download it from the Words page.
It is 50 pages long and really gives a fantastic snapshot of the creativity we encountered in Medway during the Fuse Festival. There are poems and writing from all ages in the booklet and we hope that you will enjoy it, and excuse any typing errors we might have made!
If you would like to get hold of a printed copy of The Seed Catalogue, our much shorter booklet, there are still some copies at Chatham library.
We had a fantastic response to The Word Shed at the Fuse Festival. We had almost 100 people from ages 3 (with some help from mum!) to 90, who took some time out from the festival (and the sometimes rainy/windy weather), to sit in the warmth and shelter of the shed to do a bit of writing. A lot of those who visited had never had a go at creative writing before, or hadn’t really done any since school, and told us they really enjoyed the opportunity to share their stories.
For those littlies who weren’t quite up to writing in the shed, we also had large pieces of paper on the pavement in Gillingham and Chatham, where they could express themselves in words or pictures, and we had a brilliant response to this too, with one visitor telling us she had come specially from Gillingham to Chatham the next day, as her children had enjoyed writing on the pavement paper so much!
On the last day of Fuse, we launched our Seed Catalogue booklet. This is a creative writing pamphlet containing a selection of writing done during our creative writing workshops (WordShops) in the run up to the festival. We handed out a copy to anyone who came to the shed who wanted one, and also did some readings from this new publication. A few remaining copies will shortly be available from the libraries where we did our WordShops. You can also download it from the Words page.
We will be typing up and getting all the photos together this week and next, and hopefully have a full PDF of everything we could type up ready to download by the end of the month.
Here are some bits of feedback we received:
“This is an excellent, inclusive event. I really enjoyed it and so did my daughter!”
“Being under pressure to think is something I’ve not experienced since exams a decade or so ago and is a singularly uncomfortable experience… But quite good fun!”
“More local artists to be included in the Fuse Festival – Wonderful Word Shed – more, more, more!”
“I heart Word Shed. I think it is cool and fun. I would love to see it next year.”
“We only came to Chatham today because the kids enjoyed the Word Shed at Gillingham yesterday.”
“It’s a wonderful idea, I will come back with the grandchildren.”
Once again, thanks to Fuse festival (The Word Shed was developed with the aid of a Spark Commission), and to Passmores who loaned us the shed for the weekend.
We’ve had a great response to our Word Shed project this weekend, so far.
We positioned the shed in Gillingham on Friday and yesterday we were in a windblown Chatham, along with the other acts in Streetart day.
Today, we are in Rochester Castle Gardens, and it’s your last chance to contribute to the online version of our publication The Seed Catalogue (PDF, 1.22mb).
Today we will be doing a writing session and a reading session, where we read extracts from writing collected during the project.
See you there! (Bring a brolly…)
We are delighted to be able to launch our new collaborative booklet of prose and poetry ‘The Seed Catalogue’ from tomorrow at the FUSE Medway Festival.
The booklet has been put together from contributions to our wordshops over the past month, and showcases writing from 24 local writers, some of whom had not written before, some of whom are already writing.
The booklet has a range of writing inspired by the topics of Medway and Festival, and it was a delight to read the varied contributions and put the booklet together.
You can come along and do some writing too, in the Shed during the Festival, where you can find us in Gillingham on the High Street on Friday, at Chatham near H Samuels on Saturday and at Rochester Castle Gardens for the Big Picnic on Sunday. Bring a rug, and a picnic and you can listen to us read from the new booklet.
We will be typing up as many of the contributions from the weekend as we can and adding them to our online version of the publication – ‘The Seed Compendium’. We will also be tweeting live poems from the Festival, follow us on @WordShed.
The whole project has been made possible with a Spark commission from the FUSE Medway Festival.
We had a fabulous wordshop at Chatham library yesterday, where we created lots of new pieces to go into the online compendium of writing created in The Word Shed.
Thanks to all attendees for coming along, and thanks to the library for the space and the cups of tea!
Next weekend we will be out and about at Fuse Festival – so please come along and see us in the shed, and if you have done some writing at a wordshop, come along to hear us read a selection of writing from the wordshops and pick up your free copy of our new pamphlet!
See the schedule for Fuse here – and check out some of our friends’ projects too – we are particularly excited to see/hear RADIOZOUND which you can attend on Friday at LV21, look out for the CREATABOX art vending machine in Chatham on Saturday (because you might also get some ME4Writers’ words out of it!) and we couldn’t not mention SPARKY, everyone’s favourite alien, who will be doing walkabouts next week and also be in the opening parade!
We have added a Writing Exercises page, so you can try out some of our exercises at home, and also see how we sparked writing in our workshops.
We will add a few more exercises after the festival.
We had a fun WordShop at Walderslade Village Library yesterday. Thanks to all attendees and the library staff.
Here is one response to one of our creative writing exercises from Jane Coaker. The exercise involves choosing a historical figure from Medway, then choosing a word from the WordPot, and writing a dialogue or a monologue from that character’s point of view. Jane chose local man Charles Dickens, who is musing about the topic of ‘festival’ with a friend.
This exercise gives rise to some fun juxtapositions!
“I believe that the good citizens of Rochester may have festivals in my name.”
“Don’t be silly. The locals would never allow that. The very idea of people parading through the streets dressed as your characters is utterly preposterous.”
“And why not? They will have them twice a year, and the people will eat burgers with melted cheese and in winter a special machine will create snow.”
“Yes, so that if there is none laying on the ground already, the streets can be made to look more like scenes from my books.”
“Mr Dickens… are you feeling all right?”