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Events that are programmed before the main Festival!

You will find information on the writers and events below. 


Circle of Six anthology launch

BOOK LAUNCH: Tuesday 16 May, 7.30-9pm.

Gillingham Library and Community Hub, 3 High St, Gillingham ME7 1BE

Medway Libraries and Arts Council England invited the local community to submit creative writing about six extraordinary women with personal connections to Gillingham - Sarah Forbes Bonetta, Kathleen Courtney, Verena Holmes, Tirzah Garwood, Lorna Wing and Rosemary Tonks. This anthology is the collection of their work.

Extracts from the anthology will be shared on the night, including poems, stories and personal stories.

Free, book with Medway Libraries in person, phone 01634 337799, or via your SPYDUS account.

Celebrating Local and Community History Month.

Highway of Dreams

SENSORY LUNCH: Saturday 20 May, 11am-1pm.

The Invicta Social Club, 207 Luton Road, Chatham, ME4 5BW.

Ideas Test are hosting a Sensory Meal at Invicta Social Club, Luton on Saturday 20 May, where you can experience multi-sensory stories.

At the Sensory Lunch, you'll be able to...

- Listen to our Highway of Dreams soundscape of people’s dreams inside, plus a chance to experience the sound walk app.

- Watch a spoken word film by Wordsmithery about Luton’s weeds.

- Discover more about sensory 'smell maps' and plans to make one in Luton

- Explore local interviews on road and air quality that are being added to an interactive 360 VR film

- Use music keyboards to create nature sounds.

- Listen to 'Everyone Says Hi!' - a sound installation created by artist Jane Pitt, and commissioned by Medway Council, that's made with megaphones!

- Plus, eat some amazing food from a local cafe!


You can book for free on Eventbrite:

You can also email if you have any questions, or leave us a voice message on 01634 477371.


Many thanks to Applied Stories, plus Electric Medway, Invicta Social Club, Luton Primary School, Arches Local, Medway River Lit festival, Wordsmithery, Jane Pitt and University of Kent.

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