The Rochester Literature Festival is a voluntary, community and non-profit making organisation run by writers for readers, writers – and those who consider themselves neither!

We aim to bring writers, performers, musicians, directors, producers and film makers together, anyone, in fact, whose work has creative writing at its heart. We want to expand the horizons of the many diverse communities in Medway, and collaborate with like minded folk to do that.

We believe that literature is for everyone and can bring a community together, to learn from each other and experience great multi-arts activities together to aid community spirit and wellbeing.

We want to engage our audiences with a superb mix of traditional and innovative literary events, full of imagination and flair, as well as work in partnership with other community groups and organisations to tell their stories and run joint activity. We believe passionately that were Medway a book, it would be an epic tale in a genre all its own.

Meet the team:

Jaye Nolan, Festival Director

Jaye is a prolific writer and blogger who has been championing the rich, diverse culture of Medway for many years. She manages the festival on a day to day basis, being responsible for all communications and co-ordination of events. Passionate about music, theatre, books and dance, she shouts regularly at the television during reality shows.

Philip Kane, Artistic Director

Author, poet, artist and storyteller Philip Kane has been active on the Medway arts scene for over thirty years.  Among other projects during that time, he has been a community arts worker for Arts in Medway, and Artistic Director of Storytellers Live – a storytelling club for adults – as well as of the River Roots festival.  His newest book is the poetry collection Unauthorised Person (Cultured Llama, 2012).

Roy Smith, Creative Producer

Roy lives in the Medway Towns, where he works with young people and spends a lot of time writing nonsense. Most of his writing happens at night and other inconvenient moments, when he is regularly interrupted by his dog and the desire to play old video games. Roy is a member of ME4 Writers; he also runs Seasonally Effected, a monthly open mic for creatives, see: seasonallyeffected.wordpress.com He has recently developed an augmented reality game, see: http://realmedwayandswale.tumblr.com/

Emma Dewhurst, Media Partner

Actress, community arts practitioner, writer and mother, Emma Dewhurst is a passionate lover of the arts and editor of WOW, an arts & entertainment magazine featuring the best of what’s on where in Medway, Maidstone and the accessible beyond. An imprint of the magazine, Greenheart Press, recently launched with the publication of ‘In the House of Ladders’ by Bill Lewis.

Emma, Jaye and PhilRoy Smith