The Enemies Project: collaborative writing and performance

There’s no better subject to write my first ever blog about than The Enemies Project. Last night’s event took place at Rich Mix in London. Poets from universities countrywide had been challenged to compose a performance piece collaboratively with another writer – someone they’d never met before.

I was paired with Imogen, and we arranged to meet in London for the first time. We had conversation over coffee, an introductory chat and a few thoughts about what we were both working on, trying to find a germ of an idea from which to start.

We had a go at writing something on our own, sharing it with the other in turns via email, each time working on ways to fit our ideas together, finding a shared story that we could tell. We chatted, met, emailed until we had a piece we were happy with, and kept changing small parts, words, even on performance day. Practising reading aloud what had become ‘our’ work together helped.

 

 

We were both nervous on the night, but the performance went well. Better than that, we were part of a large group of pairs that had been through a similar experience, and were also sharing their work. The group was so diverse in age, nationality, style – and the beauty of the language (and accents!) we heard convinced me of the multi-layered success of this project in bringing artists/writers/people together. I would do it again in a flash.

The Enemies Project is expertly curated by Steven J Fowler.

2017

23 January 2017 hosting Colchester WriteNight

25 February 2017 The Enemies Project spoken word collaboration at RichMix 

February 2017 Publication of Gold Adornments and other stories, Patrician Press

3 March 2017 Essex Book Festival – hosting WriteNight event

15 March 2017 Patrician Press launch of Refugees and Peacekeepers at Wivenhoe Bookshop

18 March Essex Book Festival Authors Event with Patrician Press

 

 

 

27 March hosting Colchester WriteNight

24 April hosting Colchester WriteNight The Lyric Issue with University of Essex LiFTs Adrian May as special guest

 

 

 

27 April reading and chatting at ‘meet the authors’ event at Red Lion Books. With Stephen May, hosted by Anthony Roberts, organised by Jo Coldwell

 

 

 

22 May hosting The Art Issue at Colchester WriteNight and our new venue Firstsite gallery

 

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26 June hosting Pure Ed Gold at Colchester WriteNight – looking the pictures and stories of Ed Gold’s exhibition at Firstsite to inspire our own storywriting

July 2017 Felixstowe Book Festival – running Short Fiction Workshop and reading at the evening open mic event with Mark Brayley

24 July hosting Colchester WriteNight

9 September reading at the launch of Creel 3, an anthology or writing by University of Essex LiFTs students at Wivenhoe Bookshop

25 September hosting Colchester WriteNight – The Photo Session

16 October reading at the University of Essex Lifts department, Creel 3 anthology launch

23 October hosting an A L Kennedy Colchester WriteNight at Firstsite!!!!

November is NaNoWriMo – Colchester WriteNight host ‘write-ins’ on Saturdays at Firstsite

16 December Colchester WriteNights annual birthday/Christmas bash – readings and partying!