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Wordsmithery Writers’ Development Opportunity

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Today is the closing date for a new scheme run by the creative and prolific Medway based literary agency, Wordsmithery. Six local writers are offered the opportunity of mentoring for six months, paid publication and performance opportunities, and a bursary for an exchange trip to Sunderland. Visit the Confluence website now to apply.

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The WEA: Over a Century of Adventures in Adult Learning

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Medway-based writer Sam Fentiman-Hall, who teaches creative writing for the WEA, and whose play about human trafficking MY MIND IS FREE was performed at the Edinburgh Festival last month, introduces the organisation originally set up with just two shillings and sixpence! [Images by the Pitmen Painters, who started out as a WEA group]

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In conversation with Matt Chamberlain

Angel C. Dye asks the questions So the last time we spoke, you were getting all excited for the Vicar’s Picnic festival.  How was that?   It’s a fantastic festival.  They call it the biggest little festival in Kent.  And it’s true; it combined the feel of a big festival with the intimate family atmosphere….

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Let’s go to… The Copper Rivet Distillery, by Anna Morell

Copper Rivet Distillery

The Victorians had a thing for waterworks. The machinery which transformed society and industry, they clad in buildings as good as palaces. Crenellations, towers, ornate brickworked structures like gussied up churches, they window dressed the plainer iron and clank beyond with the architectural equivalent of a crinoline. One such building, Pumphouse Number 5, sits behind…

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A summer of Sick! by Anna Morell

Sick!

A whopping one in three people suffer from an invisible illness. And you can’t tell. Because they’re some of the most normal people you know. They’re also some of the most bad-ass, creative people you know, like Zara Carpenter and Matt Bray, Medway-based artists who are running Sick! – a contemporary arts programme funded by the Arts Council and supported by Medway Council Arts Team running in Rochester and Chatham this summer.

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Festivals, prawns, verse and deckchairs: Angel C. Dye meets poet Matt Chamberlain

What do poets wear to interviews?  Maybe Lazarus-style bandage over eyes (as in Matt Chamberlain’s Bowie-inspired ‘I Can’t Look’  YouTube video, a tragic story of submission by the down-beaten)?  The tale behind many closed doors, given a new twist: just don’t look. I am not sure if I can look.  Perhaps foolishly, before this meeting,…

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