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Throughout the year, our writers, partners and artists will be popping up all over Medway, in our Associate Programme, and with their own projects and events. We are delighted that so many of Medway's organisations are getting involved with the new literary festival and using the festival as an inspiration for their own creations!

*Please note, Medway River Lit is not responsible for Associate Events, please contact their creators direct, if you have any questions. 

Family Fantasy Festival 

Great Kentspectations Steampunk Group, who will be giving a talk and hosting a fashion show at Medway River Lit, will be attending this family festival over the Easter Bank Holiday.  

On Easter Sunday and Monday, the historic tunnels of Fort Amherst will be transformed into a child-friendly fantasy world of make believe and science fiction. The tunnels will be home to a spectacle of fairies and goblins, Star Wars characters, Pirates of the Caribbean, Doctor Who players, Fantasy Creatures and Dragons, and other exciting characters. 

Representatives from Medway River Lit will also be attending, with some information about the festival and literary give-aways!

Date: Sunday 9 and Saturday 10 April  

Venue: Fort Amherst

See more and book tickets at Fort Amherst's website


Poetry at the English Festival

Poet Clair Meyrick will be appearing at Medway River Lit, but BEFORE that, you can catch a glimpse of what Clair's poetry is like at The English Festival. 


Clair Meyrick is a mother, poet, performer and artist. She regularly performs poetry in and around Kent and London as well as running a successful poetry evening ‘Sticking Your Oare In’ at the Three Mariners, Oare. She also has a regular slot on radio. Published in  journals and online, she is now looking forward to illustrating her first collection of poetry, combining her love of painting and words.

The English Festival is a free one-day event at Riverside Country Park 11am – 5pm. There is something for everyone to enjoy while celebrating St George and the most iconic English and modern traditions.

Date: 15 April, 11am - 5pm

Poetry Performances on the Bandstand at 12.30pm and 2pm

Venue: Riverside Country Park

See more at Visit Medway.


Rainham Poetry Festival

A top lineup of poets over two days!

Medway River Lit Festival Producers, Wordsmithery, have programmed this new 2-day poetry festival for Rainham, in the beautiful early English gothic church of St Margaret's, Rainham on Friday, 28 April and Saturday, 29 April.

Poetry Legend John Agard is supported by Jess Mookherjee and Charlotte Ansell on Friday; and 'The Four Poets' Bill Lewis, Maggie Harris, Sarah Hehir and Barry Fentiman Hall perform on Saturday, as well as winners of the Rosemary McLeish Poetry Prize 2022. 

Dates: Friday, 28 April, 7 - 9pm; Saturday, 29 April, 6-9pm

Venue: St Margaret's Church, High Street, Rainham, ME8 7JH 

See more about the Festival. 

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