As you know, the Summer Garden Party is all confirmed (see above) and we do hope we'll see you there.
If you'd like to put your name down for a slot at the Seasonally Effected session during the Summer Garden Party, contact Roy Smith via the blog. There will be an open mic session at the Garden Party too, but you can turn up on the day for that. Roy would be particularly interested in short film submissions, which will be played on a loop in the top bar during the afternoon.
A team building event has been organised (Wednesday, July 3rd) for Guerilla Poetry, which is taking place the day before the Garden Party to raise awareness of it. If you'd like to be involved, email us at email@example.com to let us know. Don't worry if you can't make the meeting, you can still turn up on the day. Working in pairs, we'll be reading aloud classic poetry at various well known points in Rochester High Street around lunch time on Saturday, July 13th. You don't need to be a poet, actor or have any specific training, as long as you have a loud, clear voice and are happy to read aloud in public. We were aiming for a dozen good folk at six locations and it looks like we'll have more. Which is all the merrier, of course - Rochester isn't short of iconic locations :)
The Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival runs from Saturday 13th - 21st July. Confirming our venue for the Garden Party just in time to be included, the Good Intent is located at a convenient point between some of the artists taking part, so you can plan a lovely circular route to take in as much as possible.
For those of you who organise your own community events, the first strand of funding under the Creative People and Places: Swale and Medway project went live on June 17th and you can read all about it on Jaye's blog. Make sure you stick with the video until after Spaghetti Weston's credit ;)
Medway Monday is underway on the website - if you run a blog or a website, feel free to drop by on a Monday and add a link to your site. This can be a picture, a piece of writing or anything at all, the only rule is that it has something to do with Medway.
The Literature Festival proper will be held from October 3rd - 13th this year, and a full programme will be published in due course. We will be in need of volunteers to help with various aspects of the event so if you'd like to help in any way please do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to secure some funding by then and would love to be able to pay our helpers; at this moment in time there is none, which we thought only fair to let you know. We would also like to build a team of Social Media Ambassadors, who can create a buzz around the event both before and during, by posting creative, fun and insightful tweets and statuses. Usual email address if you'd like to help us with that :)
An exciting new development since our last newsletter is the Other Worlds, Other Voices Art Exhibition, which will take place in Rochester Library for the duration of the main festival in October. We welcome submissions from all mediums: writing, painting, textiles, sculpture, photography or anything else you can surprise us with. The theme can be interpreted in any way you see fit, be it sci-fi and fantasy or other languages, creeds or cultures - let your imagination take you to another place and then share it with us! Usual email address if you wish to submit, to discuss the possibilities and space. Submissions and entry to the exhibit are both free.
Finally, have you seen our Em in Medway Matters? It's a fabulous interview and we'd like to thank Medway Council for taking the time to highlight us. Read it on Page 28.
Emma, Phil and Jaye :)