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 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 will be using the words we came up with at our ‘Wordstorm’ to create a list of topics for visitors to the Word Shed and to the workshops to write about.
Dates for the Wordshops are as follows, we will post full information on times and venues and how to book shortly.
Saturday 11 May / Saturday 18 May / Saturday 25 May / Saturday 8 June – all at Medway libraries – put one in your diary now!
Join us for a fun 2-hours of writing, and see your writing join our collective new publication at the Fuse Festival!
The Word Shed is a project from ME4Writers which will be running during the Medway Fuse Festival 2013.
We will create a literary shed where we will invite you in, to take some time out, to write…
At Fuse Festival 2013, in our writing shed, we will create and launch a new collaborative ME4Writers’ publication with live readings – in an exciting literary collaboration with the people of Medway and visitors to the festival.
On the first two days you will be able to come to the shed, write a short piece (poem/prose/journalese/experimental – it’s up to you), and we will add your words to our online magazine.
On the last day of the festival, you can come and hear highlights from the new publication and pick up a free printed copy.
We will also be running some workshops around Medway in the run up to the festival, where you can find out more about the project and start writing!
The Word Shed has been developed with the aid of a Fuse Festival Spark Commission.