Creatives call out – The Turtle Moves Family Arts Trail

The Turtle Moves

As part of our 2016 festival, Written Worlds, Inspiring Places, we’re running a Discworld inspired Family Arts Trail called The Turtle Moves.

We have a number of venues along Rochester High Street and are looking for volunteers who can run an activity that ties into the theme – you’ll need to be a Discworld fan! We’d especially like someone who owns an orangutan costume …

The Turtle Moves takes place on Saturday, October 8 between 10-4. To give you an example of what’s taking place, the Battle of Koom Valley is being re-enacted in Rochester Games and Models, and the Adult Learning Service is hosting a pottery workshop to make Golems. The Dark Morris will be making an appearance, and you may well find a very reasonably priced boiled egg at Cafe@172!

There is a small budget for materials and expenses, and further funding is being sought to pay more if possible. As you know, we’re an unfunded voluntary group who aim to make art and literature accessible to the wider community. 

The budget we have available is due to grants from the City of Rochester Society and local councillors, Rupert Turpin, Teresa Murray, Helen McCullough, Nick Bowler, Sylvia Griffin and Trevor Clark, and we extend our thanks to them for their contributions.

If you’d be interested in taking part, please send an outline of your creative idea and budget to Jaye at

WRITERS: Cafe@172 will be hosting readings of Discworld inspired writing by local writers – if you’d like to be involved, email Jaye at the address above.

Adrift – Refugee Week

Adrift poster

To mark Refugee Week, we’re hosting an event in partnership with the Huguenot Museum on Saturday, June 25 from 11am-2pm.

Britain has a history of offering shelter to displaced peoples, whether due to war or religious persecution, be they Huguenots, Vietnamese boat people, Jewish children escaping the Nazis or Syrians fleeing their war ravaged country.

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Meet our Patron – Lisa Cutts, crime author

Lisa Cutts, Patron, Rochester Literature Festival

A fortuitous meeting in support of a book shop in Maidstone, and a conversation with a mutual friend in Medway Libraries, saw destiny strike while searching for a suitable Patron for our festival.

Lisa Cutts is a new star of the crime writing genre, with her third novel – featuring her heroine DC Nina Foster – due for release by Simon and Schuster in October, coinciding nicely with our fourth festival, Written Worlds, Inspiring Places (1-9 October).

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