Did you know Rochester has its own Literature Festival?  The team organise events all around the year as well as the main festival which takes place in the autumn.  They recently got in touch with some volunteering opportunities that may interest you…

Dickens Festival: 3-5 June 2016

If you’ve been in Rochester for one of their previous Dickens Festivals, you’ll remember how it completely takes over the entire town!  You can’t escape the sing-alongs in the street and people dressed up as their favourite Dickensian characters.

There are lots of opportunities to be involved during this weekend, for example, they are looking for volunteers to help people write poems and stories and are also looking for any sort of live performer demonstrating work inspired by Dickens in some way.


Adrift: 25 June 2016

For this event (in association with the Huguenot Museum, artist Hala Georges and Medway City of Sancturary), they are looking for writers, film-makers or singer/songwriters to share stories of refugees – not the political issues but rather focusing on a human story.  They are looking for five artists in total to have a ten minute slot each.

Strood Community Day: 9 July 2016

They require a volunteer to help with poetry, storytelling and games.


Festival 2016 – Written Worlds, Inspiring Places: 1-9 October 2016

On 2 October they will be holding a Café Crawl throughout Rochester High Street, so they are looking for volunteers to help marshall the event or people to actually perform (whether it be music, stories or poetry).

8 October will be the day of ‘The Turtle Moves’ family arts trail.  They are looking for themed activities in Rochester High Street based on iconic characters and places from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.  They have a small amount of budget for materials.

If you’re a photography or film student and you would like to document any of the events for the Festival to share on their YouTube/Pinterest accounts then please get in touch.

Email me at to express interest in any of the above opportunities!

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