*The Confluence Sessions are an informal monthly afternoon event showcasing poetry and short stories, suitable for all ages and experiences starting in June 2019. We have compiled this guide for you if you haven’t been to a live literature event before (you might have heard it also called spoken word).

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What will happen at the Confluence Sessions? 

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!

There will be about 4 or 5 poetry or short story slots with a 10 minute break in between each one, then an opportunity for an open mic, if you’d like to perform!

Why did you start the Confluence Sessions? 

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.

Will I be able to bring my kids? 

Yes. 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 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 under your charge whilst in the venue.

Can I leave in the middle?

Of course – 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 – there is an outdoor gym almost opposite the venue. We will be posting videos from the event online, so you can see what sort of thing our writers are reading.

Can I come in late? 

Yes, we will have a break after each performance, so you can come and go without disturbing the show.

What if I would like to perform a poem? 

As this is a new project, we’re not 100% sure of the format yet, but we will probably have a few short (one poem) open mic slots at each event. Please speak to Sam or Barry at the start if you’d like to have a go!

It sounds great – when is it happening?

Saturday 15 June, 2-4pm

at Breaking Bread Rochester, Bellerophon House, Doust Way, Rochester ME1 1FG. 

The venue is wheelchair and buggy accessible. The cafe sells a range of tasty food and drinks, but as yet there is no card machine.

Future dates: 

Saturday 21 September, 2-4pm
Saturday 19 October, 2-4pm
Saturday 16 November, 2-4pm

Thanks to:

The first 6 Confluence Sessions have been supported by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team. Thank you!

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