Write Then Socialise

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There’s a nationwide initiative to make sure writers write and don’t get lonely while doing it. So, the first Rochester Write Then Socialise event is booked!

Saturday, November 24 from 11-3 in Room 11 at Medway Adult Education, Rochester Community Hub.

Writing can be a lonely occupation so this new national initiative seeks to ensure that writers not only crack on with their writing but also get a chance to socialise with other writers.

Write for 2 hours, then spend 2 hours sharing your work, getting feedback, brainstorming or just enjoying the company of your fellow writers over a hot drink.

Tea and coffee – including decaf – will be available on tap (honesty pot available) and the space is fully accessible.

It’s free but please book a space here so we know how many to expect. See you there!

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Murder Most Medway

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A bonus event! An evening of performances so good, they’re criminal!

Poetry, storytelling and music, all with a crime theme from some of Medway’s most prolific performers. Murder Most Medway is on Tuesday at 7.30pm at KTS Coffee and Sound. See you there!

With many thanks to local writer Joanne Murray who put the event together, we’ve the chance for another night out!

Murderous Medway: Crime Writers’ Day

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With five panels of brilliant crime writers, a murder mystery evening and writing workshops over the weekends of 6th and 13th October, this is a must for crime readers and writers alike.

Crime Writers’ Day: Saturday, 6 October 11am-7pm. Rochester Community Hub

Headliner: Mark Billingham in conversation with RLF Patron Lisa Cutts.

Crime Writers’ All Day Panel Pass 

Crime Writers’ Day Individual Panel Tickets

There is a 25% discount on the writing workshops if you purchase a panel pass. Email rochesterlitfest@gmail.com for details. There’s also a free book for all attendees, thanks to our partner Urbane Publication – choose from their extensive stock on the day – and there’s free wine and soft drinks too!

11am Panel 1: Crime Seen – Jane Lythell, Hugh Fraser and Julie Wassmer 

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There’s a reason – several, actually – why crime drama is so popular on television. The thrill of a chase, the whodunnit factor, the edge of seat menace. Our Crime Seen panel at the festival consists of three authors infinitely qualified to discuss why taking crime and thriller books to screen is so successful, as well as give us an insight into the creation of their own work. Read all about the authors here.

12.30pm Panel 2:  Real Jobs, Fictional Worlds – Lisa Cutts, Simon Michael and Anna Mazzola. 

 

real jobs 2How do authors get to the nitty gritty of criminal law procedure? Most will speak to the experts – those dealing with real crime day in, day out.

For this panel though, we bring together the experts themselves, whose non writing profession informs their fictional crime writing through first hand experience. Read all about the authors here.

This panel will be chaired by Dr. Kate Bradley,  a senior lecturer in social history and social policy at the University of Kent.

2pm Panel 3: The Real Killers with Paul Harrison

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Truth is stranger than fiction – it has to be, since in fiction, everything has to make sense. Loose ends need to be tied up and usually, for a really satisfying read, the perpetrator of the crime is caught by the cleverness of our detective.

But real life crime? There isn’t always a nice, tidy ending and there are few authors who commit to the page the level of depravity to which some real criminals sink. Thus, this talk on notorious people who inspire fictional killers is not for the faint hearted!  Read all about Paul here.

3.30pm Panel 4: Crossing the Genres – Christi Daugherty, Guy Adams and AK Benedict.

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Are writers restricted by calling themselves crime or thriller writers? Are readers happy to have their expectations subverted when an author produces work that doesn’t fit into their usual slot on the bookcase?  And what challenges do authors face when moving into crime from other genres?

On this panel, we have three crime writers with work covering genres as diverse as young adults, fantasy, crime with a supernatural twist and even Dr. Who spin offs in book and audio play form. Read all about the authors here.

5pm Headliner: Mark Billingham in conversation with RLF Patron, Lisa Cutts.

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We’re delighted to be joined by prolific, multi talented and entertaining best selling author Mark, whose latest novel, The Killing Habit, has just been published. It continues the award winning series featuring London based detective, Tom Thorne, which includes The Dying HoursLifelessGood As DeadTime Of Death and Love Like BloodLazybones and Death Message both won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel Of The Year. Read more about Mark’s amazingly varied career here.

Mark will be joined by our lovely Patron Lisa Cutts, whose generosity – alongside Matthew at Urbane Publications – has brought together this fabulous line up of writers for us. The opening of Lisa’s debut novel, Never Forget, is one of the most stunning beginnings to a literary career ever, and her latest book Lost Lives is due out in November. Read more about Lisa here.

With many thanks to our partners and sponsors:

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Murderous Medway: The Curious Case of Cuthbert’s Curse.

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Alternate Shadows Theatre Group Proudly Present An Original Murder Mystery Adventure at the iconic Eastgate House.

Saturday, 6 October Various times from 7.30pm. Tickets £8 available here.

What caused Explorer and Treasure Hunter Cedric Cuthbert to die of fright?

On the night of a full moon, Cedric awoke the household with a blood curdling scream. By the time the Butler had broken down the locked study door, Cedric was dead, a look of  sheer terror on his frozen face and notably, the cursed emeralds from the tomb of a Peruvian Tribal King are nowhere to be found.

Mysterious goings on indeed!

Come along and join in a promenade theatrical experience and help the detective solve this puzzling case.

The adventure takes 50 minutes and there are four time slots available – see ticket page for details.

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Crime Writers’ Day – Crime Seen Panel: Jane Lythell, Hugh Fraser and Julie Wassmer

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There’s a reason – several, actually – why crime drama is so popular on television. The thrill of a chase, the whodunnit factor, the edge of seat menace. Our Crime Seen panel at the festival consists of three authors infinitely qualified to discuss why taking crime and thriller books to screen is so successful, as well as give us an insight into the creation of their own work.

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The Turtle Moves Returns!

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Crafty fun for all the family with a selection of activities inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

Make your own witches or wizard’s hat, decorate a Quantum Weather Butterfly or Maskerade Mask, mind your nose with the springy eggs, or get your hands clay-mucky with golems and trolls!

No need to book but we do ask a £1 donation per child in order to re-stock our craft store.

We look forward to seeing you 🙂

The Dickens Festival

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Join us at Rochester Children’s Library during the Dickens Festival for Poetrees inspired by the great man’s works. Or choose your Dickens Name and write your very own great work, starring the character you would have been!

It’s all free and there’s no need to book, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 10 from 10.30am-1pm.

With many thanks to the City of Rochester Society for their grant support again this year, which enables the event to take place.

Rochester’s Dementia Memory Cafe

As you know, we’re greatly involved with both the Kent and Medway Dementia Action Alliances, which has informed our Memory Box project in adapting to different groups of people telling us their stories.

Dementia Memory Cafes are a growing resource across the country for people living with dementia and their carers, to come together for support and to combat social isolation.

We dropped into the Rochester cafe last week on what would have been Sir Terry Pratchett’s 69th birthday, taking along a few Quantum Weather Butterflies and some random reminiscence items, thus combining The Turtle Moves with The Memory Box.

The Rochester cafe is organised by Alzheimer’s volunteer John Portman and takes place on the last Friday in the month at St.Peter’s Church in The Delce from 1.30-3.30pm. There’s plenty of free, on street parking and a warm welcome awaits you.

#RLF2016: The Turtle Moves

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Fun and activities for all ages inspired by Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Community Hub and High Street, Saturday, October 8. 10am-4pm

We were too far down the line to organise a tribute to STP last year, but were keen to keep his name and work alive. ‘The Turtle Moves’ is the call of Discworld fans across the Roundworld!

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