We are delighted to say we will be taking over the shed in the garden of the Good Intent, as a temporary squatted home for the Word Shed during the afternoon of the Rochester Literature Festival Summer Garden Party!
Come along and sit in our lean-to between 12noon and 4pm on Sunday 14th July, at the Good Intent Pub in John Street, Rochester, where you can do some writing themed around summer. The party will feature a delightful cultural mix of performances, open mic, storytelling and a special edition of Seasonally Effected.
There might even be an opportunity for you to sit on Charlie’s Chair… wait and see what that is!
See more on the Rochester Literature festival website.
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…)
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.