Every Writer’s Dream

jane lythell

Back in 2015, we were privileged to host author Jane Lythell at our Live’n’Local festival, spending a fascinating hour in her company.

Recently, I attended the launch of her fourth book, Behind Her Back, at which the exciting announcement was made that Jane’s debut novel, psychological thriller The Lie of You, has been adapted and will be released as a feature film later this year. 


Tuppence Middleton (War and Peace, The Imitation Game) plays Hannah, a disturbed woman who covertly joins her rival’s place of work. The object of her hatred is Kathy played by Lydia Wilson (Requiem, Star Trek Beyond), now married to Hannah’s former lover. Hannah’s jealousy tips into obsession as she attempts to destroy her rival. The top notch cast also features Rupert Graves (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and Luke Roberts (Ransom, Game of Thrones).  

Jane’s second novel, After The Storm, has also been optioned by Great Point Media (Lady Macbeth, Doc Martin). She says: ‘It is every writer’s dream that your book will be made into a film. This is a stunning cast and production team and I can’t wait to see the finished film.’

Laura Palmer, Publishing Director at Jane’s publisher, Head of Zeus, said: ‘Jane’s gripping novel of female jealousy, obsession and fear is perfect for the big screen. And these are two very juicy roles for actresses – I’m longing to see the cast in action.’

Prior to becoming an author, Jane was a TV producer for 15 years and was the Chief Executive of BAFTA followed by seven years at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Her latest two novels feature TV executive Liz Lyon, and is a timely response to the issues currently playing out across the film and television industry. Woman of the Hour introduced us to Liz, with Behind her Back continuing the insider’s story.

Jane’s novel is being adapted for the screen by the award winning playwright Rick Garman, who has several TV movies produced and/or in development, with directorial duties assigned to Richard Redwine aka Moon Molson, who most recently helmed The Bravest, The Boldest, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Lie of You is produced by Jennifer Handorf (Prevenge, The Watcher in the Woods) for Lexis Media, backed by Great Point Media, with Executive Producers named as Christina O’Shea-Daly (Caught, The Hollow) and Jim Reeve and Robert Halmi of Great Point Media.


The Turtle Moves Returns!

TM 2018

Crafty fun for all the family with a selection of activities inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

Make your own witches or wizard’s hat, decorate a Quantum Weather Butterfly or Maskerade Mask, mind your nose with the springy eggs, or get your hands clay-mucky with golems and trolls!

No need to book but we do ask a £1 donation per child in order to re-stock our craft store.

We look forward to seeing you 🙂

Dyslexia House Writing Competition


Do you have a story to tell but find it hard to get it down on paper?  

If it’s a struggle, why not contact Dyslexia House for help?  They can help get your words into print. So get in touch right now for writing help!

Or do you prefer to express yourself with images rather than words?  Then don’t hesitate…get sketching, drawing and painting right now!

This is the first time that Dyslexia House Association has combined forces with Medway Libraries, Medway Mermaids and Nucleus Arts to encourage writing and artwork.

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Help Rochester Cathedral become dementia friendly

Rochester Cathedral

Rochester Cathedral is looking for your help!

Go to the Cathedral on Saturday 2 September  from 2pm; enjoy tea and cakes and have a look around, then join them for Evensong at 3.15pm and tell them how they can make it Dementia Friendly.

Chris Bostock, Anna Chaplain at the Cathedral, is eager to gather the views of people in Medway so they can work towards ensuring everything they do is welcoming and inclusive of people with dementia.

Please let Chris know if you can join them. Email: annachaplain84@gmail.com or call 07563059756.

To find them: The postcode for the Cathedral Office is ME1 1SX – there is no postcode for the Cathedral itself. The west doors face Boley Hill and for more information, visit their website.

Double Dutch – Battle of Medway Family Crafts

Dutch Raid Battle Medway

Join us at Rochester Children’s Library to “celebrate” the Dutch Raid on the English navy!

Sew your own tulip funny face, make your own sea-themed windmill or deck out your very own wooden boat. And once you decide on your banner colours, you can decorate your shield, sword and visor!

It’s all free and there’s no need to book but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 17 from 10.30am – 1pm.

With many thanks to the City of Rochester Society for their grant support again this year, which enables the event to take place.

The Dickens Festival

Dickens 2016

Join us at Rochester Children’s Library during the Dickens Festival for Poetrees inspired by the great man’s works. Or choose your Dickens Name and write your very own great work, starring the character you would have been!

It’s all free and there’s no need to book, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 10 from 10.30am-1pm.

With many thanks to the City of Rochester Society for their grant support again this year, which enables the event to take place.