Bookmark’d – buy, swap, listen


Our Bookmark’d event on Sunday, September 28th is a book fair opportunity for authors  and publishers to present, share and sell their work, and for everyone else to enjoy live readings and swap old books for new. It will be open from 12noon – 4pm.

The fair will be held in the splendour of the G uildhall Chamber in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester.  We will have tables around the hall and a small performance space for readings.

Line up

12:30pm – David Griffin

1pm – Emma Dewhurst

1:30pm – David Stokes

2pm – Arachne Press

2:30pm – Sheppey Writers

3pm – Cultured Llama

3:30pm – ME4 Writers


A Book Swap will also run throughout the fair, so if you’ve any unwanted books you’d like to bring along, feel free to do so on the day, and see what gems you can find to replace them.

Authors and publishers taking part are: 


Wordsmithery is a Literary Consultancy founded in 2010 by Creative Producer, Sam Fentiman-Hall, she was joined not long after by Events and Marketing Manager, Barry Fentiman-Hall. Sam and Barry have both been writing since childhood; Wordsmithery was founded with the aim of encouraging more people to get into writing and reading, and to work on interesting literary projects with individuals and community groups. It’s the publishing and consultancy arm of the prolific ME4Writers.

Sheppey Writers

A small group of enthusiasts who enjoy writing, sometimes for their own pleasure and sometimes for the pleasure of others. They have also published books ranging from collections of verse to full length novels under the name of TAU Publishing UK (TAUP UK) which is better because their website is at

They will read short excerpts from their Anthology  Quirky Humans and Others,  and will have books on sale including the Anthology and some ‘quick read’ items for visitors to peruse at the stand.

The Sheppey Writers Group consists of Anthony Padman,( Peter Apps and James Apps (

Cultured Llama

Cultured Llama Publishing was established in 2011 by husband and wife team, veteran publisher Bob Carling and writer Maria C McCarthy. Based in Kent, the press now boasts a stable of talented writers, publishing poetry, short fiction and cultural non-fiction.  Cultured Llama aspires to quality from the first creative thought through to the finished product.

Cultured Llama authors reading at Bookmark’d are:

Michael Curtis, reading from his new poetry collection, The Fire in me Now.

Philip Kane, reading from his collection of poetry, Unauthorised Person.

Maria C McCarthy, reading from her short story collection, As Long as it Takes.

Stephen Morris, reading from Do It Yourself: a History of Music in Medway. 

Arachne Press

Arachne Press is a micro publisher of (award winning!) short story anthologies, poetry and a young adult novel. They are expanding their range all the time, but the short form is their first love. They keep fiction (poetry, non-fiction) live, through readings, a regular event The Story Sessions, workshops and all things to do with writing. Arachne Press is committed to showcasing talented writing and treating writers as they would wish to be treated, which includes paying them for their work, and making sure that their books look gorgeous!

David John Griffin

David lives in a small town by the Thames in Kent, UK with his wife Susan, and two terriers called Bullseye & Jimbo.

As well as a writer of magical realism/gothic/slipstream novels, he is a graphic designer, creator of iDevice apps, and an occasional electronic music composer. Website:

At the Bookmark’d event, there is the opportunity to purchase a paperback of David’s newly-published (magical realism) novella Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn; as well as hear David read from the novella some time in the afternoon.

David Stokes

Medway-based writer David has been a writer for as long as he can remember. Creative writing has always been his passion, and he is forever coming up with ideas for new tales, often ad-libbing new adventures together with his daughter. Over the years, he has written countless stories, poems, scripts, blogs, and other works. He has had a number of successes with short stories, poems and comedy scripts, including an honourable mention in the 2012 Wergle Flump international humour poetry competition.

David’s writing encompass a wide range of genres, from children’s fantasy, historical drama, comedy and most recently, a short children’s book, entitled Penelope the Pirate.  David has to date published three novels, two historically-inspired fantasy novels for adults; The Cinder Crown, and The Cinder Queen, and a children’s fantasy novel Gritch: Daemon Prince.

In addition to his own writing, David is working with a small independent press to develop a new online literary magazine ( and runs his own website (

And of course, Medway’s wonderful WOW magazine will be in attendance. Emma Dewhurst’s beautiful What’s on Where publication captures the amazing diversity of creative life happening locally and beyond. Make sure you pick up your copy!

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