Events

For those of you within easy reach of Rochester and Rainham, there are two gigs coming up where I shall be reading.
Sunday 5 December
The Empty Chair Poets 
in the main chamber room at Rochester Guildhall
14.30 – 16.30
Free event
Bill Lewis, SM Jenkin, Philip Kane, Charlotte Ansell, Maria C McCarthy, Maggie Harris, Sarah Hehir, and Barry Fentiman Hall
I hope to be reading early in the programme.
This event is part of the Dickensian Christmas. Rochester will be very busy this weekend, so taking public transport is advisable. I believe there is a park and ride operating from the car park of Chatham Historic Dockyard. There is Blue Badge parking on the Esplanade. More about travel and parking here.
Attendees are requested to wear facemasks.
Careful Now Productions Xmas Bash
Saturday 18 December
The Oast Community Centre, Rainham (next to Rainham Station)
19.30
Tickets £5
An evening of Music and Poetry.

Plus mince pies. Maybe some mulled wine as well.

Festive fun will flow at the fabulous CNP Xmas party.

We’re very delighted indeed to welcome the marvellous M J Hibbett to the Oast and Mark will be helping us all to get into the spirit of the season.

MJ Hibbett has performed live on Radio One, had a Record Of The Year in Rolling Stone, an Album Of The Day on 6Music, released one of the first ever viral videos, taken six productions to the Edinburgh Fringe, recorded a rock opera about space dinosaurs and, by the time this gig happens, may well be a Doctor Of Marvel Comics. He will be happy to explain any and all of this in person, at length.

We’re also doing something a bit different for this one as we will be joined by four of Medway’s finest poets:

Stephanie Stanton
Maria C McCarthy
Barry Fentiman

SM Jenkin
(There will also be a performance by Bob Carling of a song that we wrote together)
This is sure to be a great evening. Careful Now Productions’ events do sell out before the night, so be sure to book an advanced ticket.
The Oast requires attendees to present a Covid pass and requests that they also take a lateral flow test on the day. Full details will be sent to ticket holders.

The Empty Chair Poetry Trail

From July 2021

Locations around the Medway Towns

Ten poets were commissioned to write in response to the works and life of Charles Dickens, to mark the 150th anniversary of his death in 2020. The poems are now posted in various locations around the Medway Towns. My poem, ‘Great Expectations’, is inside St James’s Church, Cooling, and is about the children buried in thirteen lozenge-shaped graves in the churchyard. These inspired Charles Dickens to write the opening of Great Expectations, and they are now known as ‘Pip’s graves.’ The church is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

You can see the full list of poets and locations for their poems here. Thanks to Wordsmithery for inviting me to take part in this wonderful project.

 

 

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