Published: Tuesday, 17th August 2021

We're inviting visitors and residents to celebrate summer with Medway’s first Festival of Literature at Medway Libraries. 

The exciting festival, which will be held from Saturday, 21 August to Saturday, 28 August, will celebrate written and spoken word in all its forms, with a fun-filled week packed with theatrical performances, expert- led workshops, poetry readings, and much more, all taking place at Chatham Library

The festival will include a special visit from one of the most successful British historical novelists of the 21st Century, Simon Scarrow, who will be promoting his latest stand-alone thriller, Blackout, and discussing the world of action, history and intrigue. 

As well as events for adults the festival has a range of creative, family-friendly activities scheduled, there’s plenty on offer to keep the whole family entertained. The festival aims to bring families together, and inspire children, which supports our ambition to become a Child-Friendly City, putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do. 

By placing Medway’s community  at the very heart of the festival programme and shining a light on Medway’s creative spirit, the Festival of Literature also supports Medway’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2025 

Libraries are at the heart of our communities

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased that we are hosting Medway’s first Festival of Literature. Medway’s libraries are at the heart of our communities, and we are looking forward to welcoming residents, and visitors, into them to enjoy the festival events. We are committed to inspiring Medway’s children and young people, and providing them with great opportunities, which is reflected throughout our fantastic summer events programme, and our ambition for Medway to become a Child-Friendly City. The Festival of Literature also spotlights the creative talent we have here in Medway, supporting our bid to become UK City of Culture 2025. I would encourage residents and visitors to find out more about the variety of events on offer.’’ 

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