A shedder in Gillingham
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…)
Our new publication
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?”
One of the exercises we did at the Strood Wordshop was to write inspired by a photo of Medway.
Here is one of the photos and the response to it from D Singh.
‘The sun strangely shone faintly in the middle of a winter morning, like a time warp or portal, a square mile of land that arrests you, and reflects ruins.
A place I’ve wanted to stop, to stir something, to rekindle innocence and wander, and toy with the idea of remaining there. To be near something that is always just out of reach.
Home can be no man’s land.’
Words in progress…
Today we had another really great ‘Wordshop’ at Strood Library. We did some speed haikus, chose words from the Plant pot and planted our word labels in the seed tray… We wrote a story about a picture of Medway and we found out a little bit about psychogeography…
If you would like to find out what else we did and contribute to our new publication, please come along to one of our next Wordshops:
Saturday 25 May at Walderslade Village Library, 10.30am-12.30pm
Saturday 8 June at Chatham Library, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Book by calling 01634 337799.
Thanks to all attendees and the library staff and Friends.