Rainbow Reservoir and The Love Family Gig – Saturday 20th April 2019 – Rainham

56300117_521671455025163_714436082766184448_nCareful Now Promotions a are delighted to welcome Rainbow Reservoir to Kent, supported by Medway’s very own The Love Family. This is the second of the Spring gigs at the Oast Community Centre in Rainham on 20th April 2019.

Book tickets here: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/466914

Rainbow Reservoir is Angela Space (drums/vocals/keys) and Ian Hargest (guitar/vocals). A two-piece based in Oxford UK, these transatlantic teammates met while Angela was a musician-in-residence at one of Her Majesty’s Prisons and Ian was a resident. Upon Ian’s release he joined the band and since then they have worked together to create Rainbow World, a place where sock puppets and songwriting, silly jokes and spray paint all come together perfectly.


The Love family were originally active from 1989 – 1995, the band reactivated in 2009 and have since released 2 albums, 4 Eps and 4 stand alone singles. 2019 will see the release of a new album, ‘Time Travel & The Weather’. They haven’t played live for a few years having slimmed down to a 2 piece. Now the numbers are back up they can start again. They mostly get described as an ‘indie rock band’. They can live with that.



Body Confidence Burlesque Workshop – 26th May 2pm to 4pm – Dragon Coworking – Chatham


Body Confidence Burlesque Workshop
26th May 2pm to 4pm
Dragon Coworking, Chatham, St George Hotel.

Dare to find the Minx within you!

An empowering and practical guide to the creative art of Burlesque and Body Confidence. Burlesque is an empowering and body positive art form which will help you unleash your inner minx! Learn how to love put a pep in your step and a wiggle in your walk through gentle, fun and simple routines. No dance experience necessary, no nudity, but plenty of smiles and laughter!

There’s no fun like dressing up and shimmying your sequins. Let Miss Maybe show you how, she’s the mistress of the art!

Learn how to:

* Invent your own burlesque character
* Remove a glove and twirl a boa
* Strut your stuff with a classic Burlesque walk.


Book at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/body-confidence-burlesque-with-missy-maybe-tickets-59757368899

Tea and coffee provided. The session will be 90 minutes long with a short break included.

Please arrive at 1:45pm for a 2pm start.

Entrance to Dragon Coworking is via the St George Hotel reception.

About Missy Maybe:

Miss Maybe performs traditional British Burlesque acts that skillfully merge the best of Vaudeville and Music Hall with sharp wit and observational comedy. A trained actress, she brings an innate understanding of the stage and character to her acts, often combining humorous monologues with striptease and clowning. Her ability to create plausible yet ridiculous characters is unparalleled; to do so whilst retaining the audience’s empathy despite their antics is testimony to her great skill as a performer. She is an accomplished compere and is currently touring the UK with her theatre show ‘ A Glimpse of Stocking’, a one-woman show that celebrates the wit and irreverence of British Burlesque.

Kelly Stanley and Co E.P Launch Gig – 22nd February 2019 – Sun Pier House – Chatham


Modern folk trio from Medway, Kelly Stanley & Company release their debut E.P on February 22nd and to accompany the release, they host a special launch gig alongside The David James Rumsey Band at Sun Pier House.  Kelly has long played in Medway and was a feature in the papers and on Television screens back in 2003 when she appeared on Stars in Their Eyes Kids and won Medway’s Sound Generation Songwriting Contest.

Since then Kelly has worked many years on the circuit as a professional musician and passes on her skills as a private singing teacher. Now performing as Kelly Stanley & Company,  Kelly is joined by some great talent; including Joe Millgate on Double Bass and Liz Ost on Cello.  The group perform throughout Kent at a variety of venues including the infamous Music Room at Pizza Express and the yearly Rochester Sweeps Festival. The new E.P features 6 original songs and will be available as a CD and on all download and streaming services.

To buy tickets for the launch visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/601016.





Local Poet Launches First Book Inspired By Unusual Stories of Medway – 28th November 2018


A local poet is launching her first book “Fire In The Head” at Poco Loco, Chatham on the 28th of November at 7:00pm. SM Jenkin, a second generation Irish poet, born in Chatham, was inspired to publish the book which features Medway inspired poems after attending poetry classes lead by local writer Philip Kane some years ago. 

The book draws attention to the many different stories of Medway, honouring the influence of people like James McCudden, Anne Pratt and SM Jenkins very own mother and father. The book notes interesting incidents that few people know about, such as the time William Blake was arrested when he visited Medway for a sketching tour.

The launch lands on the anniversary of Blake’s birth, and the book includes a great deal of  remembrance, which is why it is being launched in November. Speaking about the book SM Jenkin said “The book remembers the stories, people and myths of Medway that often get overlooked. Medway is a place that has many stories and many people passing through, it is a place of transition and transformation. I include myths woven into the fabric of the place. It ties well into the theme of #wearemedway”. 

To find out more about the event visit the Facebook event page 

You can follow SM Jenkin on social media via:





Reviews of Fire in the head: 

“You can taste the tang of the Medway in these sharp, observant poems, where myth and history gang-up on the present to tell new tales. A fine line-up from poet, SM Jenkin, to waken the sleepers and inspire fresh dreams.”

Caitlín Matthews (author of Diary of a Soul Doctor and King Arthur’s Raid.)

“In this collection, Chatham based poet SM Jenkin, interweaves myths of seal wives and Medway mermaids, with her own stories and experiences. She questions what it means, if anything, to be ‘adjusted’ in the world and contrasts her philosophies with rich imagery, exploring the ferocity of nature and her thirst for its wild freedom.”

Isabelle Kenyon (Fly on the Wall Poetry Press)

Take On Me : 80s Inspired Immersive Performance In Hoo Needs You!



A woman enters the changing room for the first time in decades.

A lifeguard twiddles his thumbs as he dreams of being a real hero.

A crammed aerobics class slides into slow motion; their thoughts tumbling out as they watch their bodies in the unforgiving mirror that surrounds them.

TAKE ON ME is a new show by theatre company Dante or Die, set amongst the 1980s world of headbands and legwarmers that digs below the surface of the luminous colours and fitness fads.

Taking place after hours in Hoo Sports Centre on the 1st and 2nd of December 2018, you’ll be divided into small groups to be a fly on the wall as you’re led through the pool, the changing rooms, the gym and beyond to hear the inner voices of a variety of characters as they strive for a better version of themselves. Performed by a company of professional actors with a local supporting cast and set to live acoustic versions of classic 80’s pop hits TAKE ON ME will be an intimate and comical experience. You’ll never look at your local leisure centre in quite the same way ever again.

They need you!

To make this production possible they are looking for people who’d like to join in with larger or smaller parts both in the cast and crew.

For more information about how to get involved contact Project Coordinator Emma via email; emma@danteordie.com or call on 07947 567489.

Go on, take the plunge!


Minimus #21 – A Collaborative Musical Activity – 16th September 2018 – 2pm to 5pm – The Good Intent – Rochester


Minimus #21 : A Collaborative Musical Activity

The idea is to get a bunch of inputs/sound sources and mix them LIVE in spontaneous combinations. All are welcome, bring an instrument/voice/noise with you and plug into a low-volume, high intensity sonic arena.

Electronic or acoustic, found sounds, words, noises, anything.

This event will take place in the garden bar of the Good Intent, John Street, Rochester, ME1 1YL from 2pm to 5pm on the 16th of September.

A Sunday afternoon of quality ales, convivial company and spontaneous improvised music. Relax, listen, join in, make something interesting.

Murderous Medway – Crime Writing Festival – 6th and 13th October 2018

The Rochester Literature Festival is proud to present its very first Crime Writing Festival Murderous Medway.

With five panels of brilliant crime writers headlined by Mark Billingham, a murder mystery evening and writing workshops, Murderous Medway is a must for crime readers and writers alike.

Split across two October Saturdays (6th and 13th) it’s a packed schedule with eleven fantastic authors, a brand new murder mystery adventure by Alternate Shadows Theatre Group, The Curious Case of Cuthbert’s Curse, and three crime writing workshops covering Concept, Character and Conflict which will leave you with a complete blueprint for your own novel or screenplay.

Festival Director, Jaye Nolan, says: “We’re very excited to welcome eleven authors at the top of their crime writing game to Rochester. Thanks to our Patron Lisa Cutts, and our partner Matthew at Urbane Publications, we’ve writers whose work is being adapted for the screen, writers whose jobs have a direct influence on their storytelling and those for whom crime elements spill over into other genres – headlined by the best selling and multi talented Mark Billingham.

We’re delighted to be working with Alternate Shadows again, bringing their renowned energy and originality to another of our events, and also thank our workshops tutors, Ben Slythe & Graham Guy for their unwavering help, along with Dorothy Lehane and Annwen Adams from the University of Kent, one of our sponsors this year.

We’re also extremely grateful to our other partners, Medway Adult Education and TT Litho, for their continued and valuable support.”

The festival takes place at the Rochester Community Hub and Library, and in Eastgate House, surrounded by some of Medway’s top cultural and heritage attractions, with ample cafes and restaurants nearby. 

For more information and tickets, please visit www.rochesterlitfest.com or call 07904 643770.

Crime Writers’ Day

6th October 2018

Rochester Community Hub 11am-7pm.

All Day Panel Pass £30 (25% discount off the workshops if an All Day Panel Pass is purchased – email rochesterlitfest@gmail.com for details.

11am Crime Seen: Jane Lythell, Hugh Fraser and Julie Wassmer.

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. 

12.30pm Real Jobs, Fictional Worlds: Lisa Cutts (Detective) Anna Mazzola (Criminal Justice Solicitor) and Simon Michael (Criminal Barrister).

How 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. 

2pm The Real Killers: Paul Harrison

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! 

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

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. 

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

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 Hours, Lifeless, Good As Dead, Time Of Death and Love Like Blood. Lazybones and Death Message both won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel Of The Year. 

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. 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. 

NOTE: There will be a thirty minute break in between each panel for book signings and comfort breaks.

The Curious Case of Cuthbert’s Curse

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

Saturday, 6 October Various times from 7.30pm. £8 per ticket.

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.

Murderous Medway Three ‘C’s Crime Writing Workshops

13th October 2018

Rochester Community Hub


Tickets are £8 for one workshop or a pass to all three for £20.. A 25% discount is available on the workshops if you purchase an All Day Panel Pass. Email rochesterlitfest@gmail.com for details.

Workshop 1: 10am-11.45am Concept – What’s the big idea? 

Do you have a story you want to tell? Still having trouble finding the story at all? Blank Page Storytelling begins with no assumptions and provides a set of examples and exercises that can begin with a blank page, just an idea, or a partial project and set the foundations firmly so the story can emerge. The exercises will help identify the core of the story, find the structure, the hero, the genre, setting and tone. The workshop is informal and friendly but filled with real-world examples and interesting exercises.

Workshop 2: 12noon-1.45pm Compelling Characters – Creating flawed heroes and charismatic villains

Humans are full of inconsistencies. Characters can be contradictory. They can be selfish and generous, lustful and prudish. Using prompts and a variety of writing exercises in the supportive environment of the workshop, you will create flawed heroes and antagonists with redeeming qualities, and generate new writing that centres on these newly formed authentic characters.

Workshop 3: 2pm-3.45pm Conflict – Interrogate your narrative and drive your plot

In our lives, we face daily conflicts; conflicts with ourselves and conflicts with each other. Such tensions build the rich drama and chaos of human existence and are necessary components of our fictionalised character’s lives also. Interrogating these conflicts through a series of writing exercises, you will enhance your understanding of the various ways conflict can be used to intensify your writing and drive plot development.

Creative Wellbeing Course – June to July 2018 – Ashford


Creative Wellbeing will be a free creative course involving writing, arts and activities, with a focus on wellbeing and positive mental health. 

By the end of the six weeks, participants will have had fun, gained new skills, contributed to a book that the whole community can enjoy, met new people, and have a better understanding of how creativity can support their wellbeing and health.

Tuesday evenings, 7.15 – 8.45pm

19/06/2018 – scrapbooking with Betsy Aidinyantz

26/06/2018 – creative writing with Connor Sansby

03/07/2018 – bath bombs with Natasha Steer

10/07/2018 – motivational art with Georgina Cooper

17/07/2018 – inspirational typography with Kate Tompsett

24/07/2018 – poetry with Dave Horn

Ashford Volunteer Centre, Berwick House, 8 Elwick Road, Ashford TN23 1PF

To book please register here, or email info@bauhauscafe.co.uk or fbaker@live.co.uk

Places are free, but limited. Whilst we recommend people sign up for the whole series, it is not necessary, and people are welcome to come to as many as suits them.

The workshops are supported by OneStop Carriers for Causes Fund.