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FESTIVAL EVENTS BY DAY 2023

These events are over now - but have a look around and see the type of events we might be running in 2024!

 

Or check out the range of writing workshops we ran last year. 

We start early with our Prologue Bookends Events in May. 

 

They include the launch of the Circle of Six anthology at Gillingham Library on 16 May.

 

And there's a Sensory Lunch in Luton on 20 May. 

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The Quiet Compere starts off the day with a creative writing workshop at Rochester Library, and an open mic with local poets.

 

Avant-garde legend Cosey Fanni Tutti will be talking about her latest book. 

Followed by music and poetry.

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There's an early morning writing inspiration workshop on the Fenland Black Oak Table at Rochester Cathedral.

 

Later, authors Neil Nixon, Carol Donaldson and Patrick Wright, who are all fascinated by Kent, and have written non-fiction books join us at the GlassBox Theatre.

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We start with a poetry performance workshop, followed by poetry from  

award-winning poet John McCullough, Sascha Aurora Akhtar and Helen Seymour at St Margaret's Church in Rainham.

Plus a Character Writing workshop with Thomas McMullan at Store 104 in Rochester. 

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Comics, manga and graphic novels are in the spotlight at the Guildhall Museum today, with comics creators Sayra Begum, Wallis Eates and Fumio Obata.

 

Plus workshops in creating manga and anime characters and superheroes.

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More storytelling, a performance by Icon Young Company, and Gerald Dickens' second performance.

Followed by our Finale event at Chatham Library - with some of the original Medway Poets. 

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It's our Launch at Chatham Library!

Followed by 'Intra-Duction' - a 'poetry crawl' from Chatham to Rochester.

 

Kent Daydreams is an open mic for poets aged 14-18 at Medway Adult Education Rochester and Festival Patron Caroline Bird will read later.

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It's our child-friendly day. There are family activities including Fun With Words and a drawing workshop, and a storyteller. We'll hear from children's book author Patience Agbabi and illustrator Martin Impey. Followed in the evening by poetry films.

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Today's our Theatre Day. There's a Theatre writing panel and workshop, plus the premiere of two plays at the GlassBox Theatre in Gillingham.

 

Also, punk poetry legend, Attila the Stockbroker will be performing at Medway Adult Education in Rochester. 

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Today there's a writing and art workshop at Chatham Dockyard.

 

Panel discussions on crime fiction and memoir, at Strood and Chatham Libraries.

 

Fantasy authors Sunyi Dean and Mark Stay will be in conversation at Chatham Library.  

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Storytelling, poetry, and an exclusive Q+A with Gerald Dickens before his performance. 

Followed by authors Cole Moreton and Aidan Hehir talking about their books ay Medway Adult Education in Rochester.

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Our final Bookends Events are on 14 June, when we have Pete the Temp and Emmy the Harp in the 'Garden of Madness tour'.

 

And on 17 June - fantasy author Ben Aaronovitch comes to Chatham Library. 

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