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And that’s it for the Fuse Festival this year!

Picture of people in the Word Shed

Happy Word Shedders!

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.

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Picture of paper on ground with writing on

The word on the street…



You can join us at one of our ‘Wordshops’, where we will be writing short prose and poems inspired by Medway, Fuse and festivals!

11 May – 1.30-3.30pm – Rochester Library
18 May – 10.30-12.30 – Strood Library
25 May – 10.30-12.30 – Walderslade Village Library
8 June – 1.30-3.30pm – Chatham Library

Extracts from your writing will then be added to our online and hard copy publication, the printed version which will be available from the Shed.

Places are free, but please reserve your place with the library concerned, either by dropping in, or by phoning the central helpline 01634 337799.

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Wordstorm graphic
ME4Writers met to begin planning the workshops (Wordshops!) that we will be leading in the run up to the Fuse festival.

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!