... a literary project to celebrate Medway's Dickens One Fifty

In 'The Empty Chair' we are inviting Medway residents to fill the spaces left by Charles Dickens with their own writing.


Throughout 2020, Wordsmithery will be running writing workshops and open mics, and curating a Poetry Trail around locations which have links to Dickens.


We will list opportunities on this page as soon as they are confirmed. 


If you would like to be the first to find out, then please sign up our email newsletter (we will send a quarterly email to let you know what wordy opportunities are available that quarter).


The project has been commissioned by Medway Council and Wordsmithery is working in partnership with The Guildhall Museum, Medway Adult Education and Medway Libraries, with support from the Arts Development Team. 

Events to mark in your diary (more to come!): 

7 + 8 December 2019:
Write a Christmas Card to C​harles Dickens. Rochester Library, 12.30-3.30pm

7 February 2020:

Charles Dickens Birthday Writing Workshop. Chatham Library, 2.30-4pm

2 April 2020:
Weddings and Marriage Writing Workshop. Rochester Library, 2.30-4pm

(For library events please book direct with the library - 01634 337799)

12 June 2020:

The Language of Flowers Writing Workshop. Rochester Guildhall Museum. (Time tbc)