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Rochester Literature Festival opens on Saturday and has been inspired by Terry Pratchett's Discworld

By Clare Freeman

Trolls and dwarfs will come together in an epic re-enactment of the Battle of Koom Valley as Terry Pratchett’s Discworld comes to life in Rochester.

The appearance of a Juvenile Crafters’ Guild and rumours the Librarian will be stopping by L-Space (aka Baggins Book Bazaar), are all part of this year’s Rochester Literature Festival.

Amid the usual creative writing workshops, Cafe Crawl and author talks, a day of fun and craft activities has been planned inspired by Pratchett’s series of books.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld series have inspired the festival's events
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series have inspired the festival's events

The festival opens tomorrow with three creative writing workshops at Rochester Community Hub and finishes on Sunday, October 9 with a Writers’ Retreat at the Guildhall Musuem.

The main event, The Turtle Moves, is on Saturday, October 8 with arts and crafts workshops at the community hub while characters (played by performers from Alternate Shadows Theatre Company and Wide Eyed Theatre Company) from the books wander the high street.

The battle re-enactment is being hosted by Rochester Games and Models and visitors can opt to take part or just spectate.

Cafe @172 will be serving Discworld Delicacies from Nanny Ogg and CMOT Dibbler, with Discworld Musings between 1pm and 3pm from local writers SA Jenkin, Sam Rapp and Barry Fentiman-Hall.

Author Simon Booker
Author Simon Booker

There will be performances from The Dark Morris and Great KentSpectations Steampunks, as well as games at Playopolis and comic artist Phil Buckenham will be at Get Ready Retro.

The Cafe Crawl takes place on Sunday and features the Canterbury Yarners, Fiona Sinclair, Nancy Charley, Johanna Coulson and Maggie Butt alternating at Bruno’s Bakes, The Quills and Cafe @172 between 12pm and 3pm.

Several author talks are being held and festival-goers have the chance to meet local writers at Rochester Library on Saturday, October 1. On Tuesday, October 4 there will be a talk from crime writers Simon Booker (Morgan Vine crime novels and screenwriter for BBC’s Inspector Lynley Mysteries) and Lisa Cutts (Nina Foster crime novels) at Strood Library, followed by Angus Donald, author of The Outlaw Chronicles, at Rochester Library on Thursday, October 6.

Visit rochesterlitfest.com

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