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A new literary festival for Medway

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 for 2023; Medway River Lit will showcase over 70 writers and performers in genres from spoken word and poetry, to crime, drama, playwriting, biography, fiction, storytelling, psychogeography, fantasy literature, and more!


There are also 35 hours of pre-engagement Workshops that people of all ages can join in with. There will be three text and art exhibitions (one an open call). We have an Associate Programme linking us up with community and charity organisations across Medway, with linked events and/or projects before the festival (and counting!). We have had several additional 'Bookends Events' in the run-up to the festival and after the festival in Medway Libraries and other venues.


Medway River Lit will have something for readers and writers alike, and with our workshops and panels, maybe something to spark the writers of the future! 

Medway River Lit and Wordsmithery thank all those organizations and individuals who have assisted in the development and production of the festival - some of whom are listed below, but many others who aren't.  

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'River of words' image by Darrell Hawkins.

Partners and Associates

*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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