Guildhall Museum / Sun Pier House
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Medway, Kent
South East England
Rochester Literature Festival

On Saturday, October 10 we will be based at The Guildhall Museum in Rochester High Street for a selection of talks and workshops with an historic theme, while our popular Cafe Crawl will take place in three of Rochester’s finest cafes, Cafe @172, Bruno’s Bake and The Quills.

Speakers: 12noon: Toni Mount 2pm: Truda Thurai 4pm Sir Robert Worcester

On Sunday, October 11 our lovely and eclectic selection of authors will delight you with their stories in the gallery space at the wonderful Sun Pier House in Chatham.

Speakers: 11.30am Jane Lythell 12.45pm Bill Lewis 2pm Maggie Harris 3.15pm Medway’s Cultural Connectors Discussion Panel 4.30pm Michael Nath.

We will host 4 themed writing workshops as part of Get Creative – a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity.

The workshops on Saturday at the Guildhall Museum feature The History Magpie, Rachael Hale, who – inspired by the museum’s wonderful collection of artifacts – will guide you in finding hidden treasures whose stories are waiting to be told. Festival partner Sam Hall will teach you how to use news stories to inspire your own writing, leading the creative writing workshop Safe and Sound which is linked to the Sunday evening play, My Mind is Free, exploring the issues around human trafficking in the UK (over 14s).

On Sunday at Sun Pier House, Nature Girl, Carol Donaldson will be taking participants out to explore the local environment before committing their discoveries to paper, while Melanie Benn will help you in Unlocking your Memories with discussion and thoughtful writing exercises, encouraging you think about writing from personal experiences.

Festival Director Jaye Nolan says: “We’re excited to be part of the BBC’s Get Creative Campaign this year, and pleased to be able to offer such a wide variety of workshops for both aspiring and experienced writers in the community. Whether you’re into history, the environment, memoir or playwriting, we’ve got something for you.”

The ever-brilliant Sam Hall of 17% brings her new play, My Mind is Free, produced by Rah Rah Theatre, to the festival on Sunday evening, continuing the wonderful ‘Night at the Theatre’ events we’ve enjoyed in our previous two festivals.

Most events will be free to attend, although there will be a small fee for the workshops and play to cover costs. The RLF is a voluntary, non profit organisation and donations will be gratefully accepted to help secure future festivals.

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