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... bringing live literature to new audiences...

The CONFLUENCE SESSIONS are an informal monthly afternoon event showcasing poetry and short stories, suitable for all ages and experiences starting in June 2019. 


Having run evening spoken word events around Kent for over 5 years, we wanted there to be a way for people with children, or those who might have problems with late night public transport to be able to come to our literary events.

The Confluence Sessions are a very informal way to hear new and established writers reading their own work in Medway. If you like poetry but haven’t  read any since school, or if you’ve never heard somebody tell a story live before, this is a chance for you to find out what it’s like. Plus have some great drinks and food whilst you listen to our poets and story tellers and maybe make some new friends who also like literature!

Our writers have been briefed to expect a range of ages in the audience and to perform material suited to all ages. If you have any concerns on the afternoon, please speak to Sam or Barry in advance.


We want this to be a way for you and your children to experience what spoken word is like, and hopefully to foster an enjoyment for listening to stories and poems. There will be a short break after every performance for loo trips etc.

Please note - your kids remain your responsibility whilst in the venue; we’d love you to stay for the whole event, but if you’re not enjoying it, or if your children are bored, then pop out and enjoy the outdoor gym which is located alongside the river, adjacent to the cafe. 

If you haven't been to a spoken word event before we have compiled a guide to what to expect

Time and place: 

Breaking Bread Rochester, 

Bellerophon House,

Doust Way,

Rochester ME1 1FG


Dates for 2020:

25 January 2020
22 Feb 2020
21 March 2020
25 April 2020
16 May 2020
20 June 2020

2020's Confluence Sessions are supported by the Rochester Riverside Community Board.

The first 6 Confluence Sessions were supported by Medway Council's Arts Development Team. 

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"As a writer with a toddler it really restricts my ability to get out to poetry shows in the evening. It was fantastic to hear about an afternoon event that I could not only get to but bring him with me so he could hear me perform for the first time.


I hope these events continue to happen throughout his childhood so that he has access to fantastic poets and grows up seeing talented creative adults. I think giving children access to the quality of art usually reserved for adults will inspire them no end. The children and teenagers of Medway are lucky to have such shows."

Jake Nathan, poet

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