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The first literary festival for all of Medway in 25 years!

Medway-based literary organisation Wordsmithery was commissioned by Medway Council to create an ambitious new 10-day literary festival for Medway in June 2023.


Celebrating the history and future of literature, poetry, spoken word in its many forms in Medway and beyond; the inaugural Medway River Lit showcased over 100 writers and performers in genres from spoken word and poetry, to crime, drama, playwriting, biography, fiction, storytelling, psychogeography, fantasy literature, and more! With an additional 35 hours of pre-engagement workshops and three text and art exhibitions. We also ran several additional 'Bookends Events' in the run-up to the festival and after the festival in Medway Libraries and other venues.


Medway River Lit had something for readers and writers alike, and our workshops and panels maybe sparked the writers of the future! 

Medway River Lit and Wordsmithery thank all those organizations and individuals who assisted in the development and production of the first festival. 

2024 and onwards!

We are now working on planning the next two festivals, and related projects. 

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'River of words' image by Darrell Hawkins.

Our locally commissioned festival ident for 2023. 

*Medway River Lit and the funder are not responsible for the content of external websites, nor do we necessarily agree with their views, or the views of individual contributors.  

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