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  • Date: 30th August 2021
  • Location: Rochester Castle, Castle Hill
    Rochester
    ME1 1SW
  • Time: 11:00 - 16:00
  • Cost: Free

Welcome to Cloisterham is a day-long celebration of Charles Dickens' life and work with a 21st century twist.

In partnership with Wordsmithery, this relaxed, bring-a-picnic event takes place in the Castle Gardens at Rochester.

'Cloisterham' is one of the names Charles Dickens gave Rochester. The event will have different Dickens-inspired zones that use drama and poetry, storytelling and music-making to entertain the whole family.

The organisers would like to make a community quilt to display at the event, inspired by Charles Dickens’ favourite flower - the red geranium. They need 151 patches to made by members of the public If you can you sew / quilt / embroider / crochet / knit / cross stitch / fabric paint, they'd love you to make a panel for the quilt. More details can be found below. 

If you need help, there will be writing and textile workshops in the lead up to the event, allowing your textiles and writing to be included on the day in the form of decorations and a free zine. 

Writing and textile workshops: 

Rochester Library: 

Monday, 26 July - 2pm to 4pm-  writing

Saturday, 31 July - 11am to 1pm - textiles

Chatham Library:

Tuesday, 27 July - 11am to 1pm - textiles

Saturday, 31 July - 2.30pm to 4pm - writing

​Places are free, but please book in advance with Medway Libraries on 01634 337799.

The Red Geranium Quilt: 

*This activity is Covid-safe and can be done at home. 

​​Panel instructions: You can make the panel from whatever textile method you like - so long as we can sew it onto the quilt backing. It should be around 15cm square or, 5cm square. It should feature your interpretation of a red geranium - be inspired - it doesn’t have to be realistic. Send / drop off your finished panel to Wordsmithery by 15 August, c/o Nucleus Arts, 272 High Street, Chatham. If you put your name with it, you will be listed in the free zine which we will be making for the event, or you can remain anonymous.

​We are hoping to hold an online sew-in some time during July, so if you want inspiration for your panel, why not come along to that! 

The quilt poster shows a few examples of panels that people have already made: Download a pdf of the quilt poster.