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28 and 29 April 2023

... a new 2-day poetry festival for Rainham

Wordsmithery has been commissioned by St Margaret's Church in Rainham to create and produce a two-day poetry festival in Rainham.

A top lineup of poets over two days:

Wordsmithery was delighted to have been asked to programme a new 2-day poetry festival for Rainham in the beautiful early English gothic church of St Margaret's.


Starting on Friday 28 April from 6pm; poets performing are Charlotte Ansell, whose book ‘Deluge’ was a 2019 Poetry Book Society Winter recommendation, and Jessica Mookherjee, whose book ‘Tigress’ was shortlisted as best second collection in the Ledbury Munthe Prize in 2021. They are supporting poetry legend John Agard.

John is an internationally acclaimed poet, playwright, short story writer, and performer. In 2021, he was awarded the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement for his outstanding contribution to literature, and has previously been awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is studied on the National Curriculum in GSCE English. John appears courtesy of Renaissance One. 

On Saturday 29 April, we will have readings from the winners of Wordsmithery's 2022 Rosemary McLeish Poetry Prize, the topic was poems inspired by nature. Guest reader Jane Burn judged the prize and will be joining us. Jane is a multi-award-winning poet.  We will also be launching the 2023 Prize.

This will be followed by the 'Four Poets', a collective of Medway poets; Barry Fentiman Hall, the co-director of the festival, Maggie Harris who is an award-winning Guyanese poet, Sarah Hehir, poet, playwright and TV/radio writer for 'The Archers' and 'Doctors'. Bill Lewis, one of the original Medway Poets, completes the lineup.  

There is no booking required for this event, and it's free! 

*The church is fully accessible, and refreshments will be available to purchase on both days, as will books from the poets.

Venue: St Margaret's Church, High St, Rainham, Gillingham ME8 8AN

Dates: Friday 28 April and Saturday 29 April. 

Follow @rainhamchurch and @Wrdsmithery on Twitter for updates. #rainhampoetry

In association with Renaissance One

Rainham Poetry Festival is an Associate Partner of Medway River Lit

Supported by HooNess. 

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