July Write Then Socialise

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July’s Write Then Socialise takes place next Saturday, 27th July. Apologies for the late notice, I’ve been away for what seems like months but was only three weeks!

We’re at Rochester Library Cafe again from 10am-2pm, see you there!


Murderous Medway Panel 5 – Lines of Duty

21st September 2019

Kent Police detective Lisa Cutts talks to former police intelligence analyst Elizabeth Haynes and former WPC Gina Kirkham about how much freedom they can allow artistic licence to override procedures when crafting their novels. 

Lisa Cutts has over 20 years experience as a serving detective constable with Kent Police and has investigated over 50 murders during 10 years with the serious crime directorate. She is also now an established star of the crime writing genre, with her fifth novel Lost Lives published in November 2018. 

She is the author of the DC Nina Foster series, Never Forget – winner of the 2014 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Thriller – and Remember, Remember, with her third and fourth novels Mercy Killing and Buried Secrets featuring the East Rise Incident Room. 

A fantastic resource for crime writers, Lisa writes a monthly column for Writing Magazine, answering police procedural questions from other writers.

Lisa has been Patron of the RLF since 2016. Find her at www.lisacutts.co.uk

Elizabeth Haynes is a former police intelligence analyst from Kent who now lives in Norfolk.

Her first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year 2011 and a New York Times bestseller. Now published in 37 countries, it was originally written as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an online challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. 

She has written a further three psychological thrillers – Revenge of the Tide, Human Remains and Never Alone – and two novels in the DCI Louisa Smith series, Under a Silent Moon and Behind Closed Doors

Her latest novel, The Murder of Harriet Monckton, is based on an unsolved murder in 1843 and was published by Myriad in September 2018. Find her at www.elizabeth-haynes.com

Gina Kirkham began her career in front-line policing as a single parent in her thirties. During her time with Merseyside Police she received several commendations and in 2000 she was awarded Police Officer of the Year.

Her debut novel, the humorous Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, was published in May 2017 by Urbane Publications. July 2018 saw the launch of the second book in the series, Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, and the third, Blues, Twos and Baby Shoes will be published in October 2019.

The series tells the story of single mum Mavis Upton, as she tackles everything that life, love and career can throw at her, in the funny but poignant account of an everyday woman who one day followed a dream to become a later-life police officer and provide for her child.

Gina is now retired from policing and lives on the Wirral with her long suffering husband, two wayward, unruly dogs and the welcome distraction of three hyperactive grandchildren. Find her at www.ginakirkham.wordpress.com

Tickets for this panel (£7) and/or an All Day Pass (£30) can be found here.

Murderous Medway Panel 4 – Crime Seen

21st September 2019

Panel 4

Crime screenwriters Isabelle Grey, Sally Griffiths and JC Wilsher shed light on how the likes of Midsomer Murders and Between the Lines come to life on the screen.

Isabelle Grey was born in London, grew up in Manchester, and for ten years lived on the edge of the Romney Marsh in Kent. A former freelance journalist, she has written for film, radio and television, including numerous screenplays for crime dramas such as The Bill, Wycliffe, Midsomer Murders and Jimmy McGovern’s award-winning BBC series Accused. She has also written four crime novels set in Essex and featuring DI Grace Fisher. The Sunday Times has described her as “one of the most intelligent authors of contemporary crime fiction”. She is currently finishing a novel of psychological suspense set in London in 1963.

Wrong Way Home is the fourth in the DI Grace Fisher crime series. Twenty-five years after the unsolved rape and murder of Heather Bowyer in Southend, new DNA techniques have thrown up two new – and related – suspects. With her investigation shadowed by an ambitious but naïve young true-crime podcaster, backed by tabloid crime reporter Ivo Sweatman, can Grace Fisher reconstruct the original flawed investigation and correctly identify the killer before there is further tragedy?

Find her at  www.isabellegrey.wordpress.com


Sally Griffiths is a lifelong fan of crime fiction and drama. With her writing partner, Rachel Cuperman, she has written six episodes of ITV’s Midsomer Murders, including the notorious murder-free episode which attracted the wrath of the Daily Mail and featured as a quiz question on Have I Got News for You.

Sally and Rachel have an original TV crime series in development with Route 24 Productions, and actor Bill Nighy is attached to star in their first feature film, a comedy drama. Flying solo, Sally is the author of three radio dramas broadcast broadcast on Radio Four’s Afternoon Drama slot.


JC Wilsher was born in London, and educated at Leicester & Lancaster Universities. A writer of single plays for television & radio in the late 70’s – early 90’s, JC became a regular writer for The Bill from 1989-2001. He then created the award-winning police series Between the Lines, which aired between 1992-94.

JC has written episodes for some of TV’s most popular crime series: The Vice, Silent Witness, Murder in Mind, Dalziell & Pascoe, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders and Death in Paradise.  He lives in North London.

Tickets for this panel (£7) and/or an All Day Pass (£30) can be found here.

May Write Then Socialise

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Sorry for the late notice, but it’s next Saturday! I was toying with the weekend after, but that’s Dickens weekend and it’ll be packed.

So, same place but slightly different time of 1-4pm (though you’re welcome in the library from 10am). I (Jaye) might be a bit late but you know the drill if I am. See you there!

April Write Then Socialise

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April’s Write Then Socialise will take place during our annual Terry Pratchett celebration, The Turtle Moves, from 10am-1pm in Rochester Community Hub cafe.

The workshops will be in Room 11 at the Rochester hub, and parents who wish to write while their children are crafting are welcome in there instead. The Juvenile Crafters’ Guild runs from 10.30am-12.30pm

We’re also delighted that writer Kerry Hancock is joining us in Room 11 between 11am-12pm. Born and raised in Medway, her life long dream of becoming an author has been realised with the release of her first book ‘The Task’ due this year. A fantasy adventure for young and old, it’s the first in a trilogy.

Kerry will share her story of how she was picked up by her publisher and do a Q&A on the publishing process.

A World Building Workshop using examples from the Discworld will follow between 1.30-3.30pm. See here for details.