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As part of Medway River Lit 2023 we curated three exhibitions!

My Manga Medway

As one of our engagement projects leading up to the festival we invited Medway's young people aged 12-26 to learn to tell their Medway stories in a manga style! 

Step into the vibrant world of "My Manga Medway," a captivating comics exhibition showcasing young creators' incredible talent and imagination. Hosted by House of Stars in collaboration with Medway River Lit, this fortnightly workshop became a creative haven for budding artists and storytellers aged 12-26. Prepare to be immersed in a unique fusion of Japanese manga and the rich tapestry of Medway as these talented individuals came together to craft captivating tales that celebrate their local community.


From exhilarating adventures to heartfelt narratives, "My Manga Medway" reveals the power of collaboration and the boundless possibilities that arise when imagination takes flight. Join us as we embark on a journey that intertwines cultures, storytelling, and the extraordinary talents of Medway's rising stars.

Come and see what our young people came up with! 

Rochester Library, Community Hub Rochester, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW

Open during usual library opening hours

Throughout June. 

In association with Nucleus Arts, Cafenetics and House of Stars.


River of words

We asked people to write a poem on a postcard and send it to us! This completely open exhibition will be exhibited during the festival in Rochester at Medway's smallest art gallery!

"How does Medway make you feel? Where is your favourite place in Medway? Think of your best day ever. Write about your pet. Write about your family."


These were some of the prompts that we asked people to think about - and we've had some really interesting responses. Come and see them during the festival.  

Venue: Medway ArtBox

High St, Rochester ME1 1PY

Open 31 May - 13 June.


River Monsters 

Wordsmithery's long-running text and art collaboration sees its 6th incarnation in collaboration with Kent Illustration Network (KIN). 'River Monsters: An assemblance of judicious heretics' - saw Wordsmithery's poets and storytellers write poems and short stories on the theme of river monsters, these were sent anonymously to the artists of KIN to interpret in art. 

You can see what the collaborations resulted in, at this exhibition throughout June.      

Venue: Chatham Library, Dock Road, ME4 4TX

Open throughout June, during standard library opening hours.

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