Murder in the Crypt – A Creative Retreat

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We have decided that the site specific theatre event was not quite ready to run on the 4th October and have decided to postpone it.

In its place we will be running a Creative Retreat in the Bishop’s House and would like to invite writers, poets, artists and other creatives to join us. Bishopscourt is a wonderfully inspiring place offering all sorts of spaces to write, draw and collaborate. (No messy work though!)

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Byron’s Teapot

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A mad mix of the unusual and quirky is in order for the finale for this year’s festival.

It was Lady Caroline Lamb who gave Byron the lasting epitaph of Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, and we know our line up for this final event will not disappoint.

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An Evening with Sunny Ormonde


The opening event of Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know will be “An Evening with Sunny Ormonde” – the outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, the world’s longest running soap. Sunny has been touring this hilarious and heart-warming one-woman show for the past eighteen months, and we are delighted to host her at the Rochester Literature Festival.

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Dates for your Diary: Writers’ Rendezvous & Garden Party

With news that Eastgate House Gardens are off limit for July, due to their renovation work, we’re pleased to announce that the Garden Party will this year be held at The Good Intent pub, John Street, Rochester, on Sunday, July 14th.


As the Garden Party is a part of this summer’s Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival, the Good Intent is a perfect venue, located, as it is, smack bang in the middle of many of the artists also taking part. So check out the map when it’s published and work your cultural way around Rochester, stopping off at the GI for a well earned break between 12noon and 4pm. You’ll be able to enjoy storytelling, open mics, music and a special edition of Seasonally Effected.

More details will be released soon; we look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Before then, sample the delights of Seasonally Effected at the Dot Cafe this Wednesday, May 29th and follow it up with the Summer Writer’s Rendezvous, which will take place in the Two Brewers, Rochester High Street, on Thursday, June 13th, from 7.30pm. Bring some writing along to share, or don’t, it’s entirely up to you but be assured of a warm welcome from fellow writers and readers.