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.
The ability to create a whole new world is the basis of great fantasy writing.
JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin and of course, Sir Terry Pratchett (yes, I was tempted to stick RR in there) set a very high bar that all writers must strive for when planning their fantastical stories.
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.
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!
Amidst the usual creative writing workshops, Cafe Crawl and author talks this year, the RLF has a wonderful day of craft activities planned for all ages.
As part of our 2016 festival, Written Worlds, Inspiring Places, we’re running a Discworld inspired Family Arts Trail called The Turtle Moves.
More good news for us – the brilliant City of Rochester Society – who do so much to conserve the character and heritage of our fair city – have very generously awarded us a £500 grant towards expenses and materials for this year’s festival.