It seems we've got a gig again at our favourite venue, the Jam Cafe in Hockley, Nottingham, thanks to Mina. Looking forward to it already. Sunday 26th January. 7.30pm. Put it in your diary and come and support us!
There's also interest from Nottingham Trent University who would like us to perform at their Global Week, March 3rd-7th 2014 - details to follow.
AND we might also have the opportunity to perform at Nottingham Playhouse, as part of the publicity for 'Refugee Boy', a play by Lemn Sissay, based on a novel by Benjamin Zephaniah. Again, fingers crossed - more details to follow.
I'm going to try and get Word Jam a bit more known in 2014. We had a great start early on in 2013, then interest dwindled - partly because for most of the year we had no 'home' to which we could invite people, partly because a few people left Nottingham, or left for the summer. But now we've got Nottingham Writers' Studio lending us a monthly space to meet, workshop and rehearse, we can finally build on that early promise!
Thanks to everyone who's lent support and encouragement to Word Jam in 2013.
Have a great Christmas, and a great 2014!
Nottingham Writers' Studio has agreed to take Word Jam under its wing! For free! So we'll be meeting there on the last Monday of the month, 6.30-8.30. We'll have the room booked just for us. Really excited and relieved about this - I think it'll be the beginning of a great relationship. If you want to come, or have ideas, or want to post me some work for us to look at, please contact me via the Contacts form on the homepage.
Saturday May 25th 2013, Nottingham Contemporary
Hey Word Jammers!
Last Saturday I met Mina, Nahid and Parisa downstairs in the cafe at Nottingham Contemporary. The agenda was as follows:
1. Welcome and introductions.
2. Do we all agree with Word Jam's aims, as stated on the website? Which is the most important?
3. What do we want to do at these monthly meetings? Is this a good day/time? Is this a suitable venue? (If not, are there other possibilities?)
4. What do we want Word Jam to do in the future? How can we develop?
We decided not to chat much about '4' - there were too few people present, probably because it was sunny and a Bank Holiday weekend. The venue and time of meetings seemed to be a more pressing issue. I'd been emailing the Contemporary for months about getting a free room there in which to meet. They made lots of encouraging noises, but in the end, disappointingly, they suggested the cafe, which is nice, but gets steadily busier towards lunchtime. If we're going to be reciting poetry, then we need to be somewhere where we don't feel selfconscious. Our own space. Ideally a space which is part of a bigger, sympathetic organisation with which we can have a mutually beneficial relationship. So actually we don't need a venue, we need a home. Parisa, whom I'd not met before, suggested the Bake O' Clock cafe. So off we went, through the sunny streets of Nottingham, to investigate. It turned out to be an ideal place. A long pine table in the middle. Great tea. Great cake. None of the Contemporary's kudos, but maybe we don't need that. Bake O' Clock is a little haven of friendly creativity and eco-values tucked away in Oriel Chambers Courtyard, off Long Row in the city centre - a place I'd never even noticed before. This could well be the special home that this special group needs.
It was decided that Word Jam would meet at Bake O'Clock on the last Monday of the month, 6.30pm. So the next one will be 6.30pm, Monday 24th June 2013. At this meeting I'll give a short writing workshop which will involve some on-the-spot writing. We can also bring anything we've been working on. We'll also talk about what we want to do next in the way of performances, projects and public visibility.
It was also decided that Mina will set up a Word Jam page on Facebook.
Many thanks to those who came to this meeting. I'm already looking forward to the next! (Is it really a whole month away?!)
Best wishes, Rich.