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Welcome to the investigation

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Strange things have been happening in Rochester. Unexplained lights in the sky, bizarre disappearances and what is that odd sound? The Bureau for Unexplained Crisis, Knowledge and Extraterrestrial-ism or B.U.C.K.E.T. is set to investigate on the 6th October from 2-6pm.

We are raising funds for the investigation using an unusual site called indiegogo.  It’s important we get the right tools to locate the alien disturbances (or at least to make them from semi convincing items we can lay our hands on).

Keep your eyes on the skies and ask yourself, what do you believe?

Visit the http://www.rochesterskywatcher.wordpress.com for up to date information.

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Seasonally Effected – A cultural open mic

photo credit: ucumari via photopin cc

photo credit: ucumari via photopin cc

Join or contribute to a new cultural open mic – The first event will be at the Dot Cafe in Rochester on 27th February 2013. Let us know your coming here: http://goo.gl/SSgYY

Poetry, philosophy, music, short-stories, painting, plays, history, short-films, photography, stand-up comedy and anything else that I may have forgotten, are all welcome at Seasonally Effected.

Following the Short Encounter’s event last October, I thought it’d be fun to put together a much broader event. Seasonally Effected will give 5-10 minute slots to anyone who would like to respond to the theme. The theme being right now, February, the end of winter, early 2013 or anything related to it, however tangentially.

If you would like to book a slot, whether to sing a song, show and talk about a painting, read a poem, show a short film or make us laugh, then send me an email at:

seasonallyeffected@gmail.com
book soon, as places are limited.

Please include a brief description of what you would like to do and how it relates to the theme, along with a short bio.

If your stuck for an idea, apparently the 27th is International Polar Bear Day.

(Please note that there will be limited technical equipment, so most performances will be unplugged – if let me know what sort of set up you need, I will try and accommodate as best I can)

photo credit: ucumari via photopin cc

Unfinished + Short Encounters + Zombie Filming

Its going to be a busy month, I’ve not had much time to write new material recently due to writing my dissertation, but hope to get a lot more active from December. Have had a really inspiring day at Rochester Lit Fest’s ‘Unfinished’ event. Brilliant event and great to talk to other bloggers from all sorts of backgrounds – including creatives, political and lifestyle writers. Also enjoyed reading some pieces as part of the Basement Gothic and chat about all those little problems that prevent us from getting stuff finished, as well as getting insight into how people get round those problems or turn them to their advantage. Its always reassuring to know your not struggling alone.

Anyway, here’s two things that are coming up that might be of interest to some of you…

Zombie Filming at the Lines

From 1pm on Sunday 28th October, some of the guys from Cinovice and I are teaming up to film scenes for a short Zombie film on the Great Lines in Gillingham. We’ll be meeting opposite the leisure centre and will be finished no later than 5pm. If anyone is interested, join the Facebook page by following this link We will be the ones dressed like Zombies.

Short Encounters

On Wednesday 31st October join us at the Dot Cafe for an evening of sci-fi and horror short stories from local writers, inspired by the Medway Towns. Featuring some peculiar FX, ‘The Sci-Fi Soundboard, Short Improv Challenge’ plus an extra special tin-foil hat making competition. Please let me know if you are interested in reading or taking part in the improv. Join the Facebook group HERE

Enjoy yourselves

Roy

Rochester (an audio walk)

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This collection of writing was produced as part of the ME4 Writers 7th Traveller project. It is designed to be listened to during a walk around Rochester.
Starting from the site of the old police station, on the corner of Cazeneuve Street. Follow Victoria Street to the bottom of Star Hill. Walk the length of the High Street then turn left along the Esplanade and walking up the steps to the Castle Gardens. Leave by the Epaul gate and head down towards the Cathedral then follow the road around towards the Terrace and up past the Kings Orchard gate to the Vines.
Walk at a steady pace neither rushing or daudling and participate in a shifting experience, as the words sync into the landscape providing a something different for every person and time the walk is taken.
Written by Roy Smith
With thanks to the readers:
Nikki Price, Bob Wade, Natalie Eacersall, Robert Swan, Sam Hall, Peter Groves, Lesley Conquest, Mike Dickinson and Mark Erwin