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  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, film, books and dance, she shouts regularly at the television during reality shows. She now concentrates on screenwriting and hopes to win a BAFTA, hoping that will make her just famous enough to participate in Strictly Come Dancing.

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.

Lisa Cutts, Patron

Matthew Smith, Urbane Publications

Our lovely volunteers:

Anne Marie Jordan

Christina Lee

Nikki Price

Rachael Hale