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The next meeting of the Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship (R&CDF) is on Thursday the 16th of May, 7.15 for a 7.30 start. The meeting takes place in the Education Room at Dickens World in Chatham and includes a talk by Mr David Cufley titled “Ratcatchers – occupation, profession & Industry”.
Non-Members are welcome at £2 per person payable on the door but advanced booking is essential. For details of the R&CDF or for non-members to attend contact the Hon. Secretary Mr Steve Martin on 01474 834164 – stevemartin54@hotmail.com or John Knott 01634 862688.
For details of the venue – http://www.dickensworld.co.uk

A female author known for her witty and rebellious writing style will be sharing her experiences to mark International Women’s Day.
Writer Scarlett Thomas, will be at Rochester Community Hub on Friday, 8 March to talk about her career, and she will also be available for book signings.
Scarlett has written such titles as Bright Young Things, Going Out, PopCo, and Our Tragic Universe.
The talk begins at 7.30pm and is free of charge.
This is one of many events which will be taking place around the world on 8 March to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) and to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
To book a place at the Scarlett Thomas talk, phone 01634 33744 or email rochester.library@medway.gov.uk

A fingerprint expert will share his knowledge of crime scene examinations when he gives a talk at Rochester Community Hub later next month (September).
The free event is now booking – phone Rochester Community Hub on 01634 337411 to secure your place. More

An amusing study of an English country house will take place later this month (August). English history commentator John Vigar will give the talk entitled bedroom, banquets and ball, at Chatham Community Hub on Tuesday, 14 August at 7.30pm.
The talk promises to be a humourous look at the architecture, design and furnishings of the English country house, and the characters associated with them.
The event is free but places are limited so booking is essential. Phone 01634 337799.

Investigate the difference between thriller and crime writing at a workshop and author talk next month (March). More

Discover the history of Ordnance Survey and modern maps at a talk this month.

Ordnance survey ancient and modern: the history of Ordnance Survey and modern map and data centres talk is at Chatham Library at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 21 February.

Speaker Colin Brown will discuss the story of how Ordnance Survey maps came in to existence, finishing with an outline of the OS products that the mapping and data centres offer today.

This event is free but booking is essential. Phone Chatham Library on 01634 337799.

Fans of the thriller writer Gerald Seymour are in for a treat next month when the British author comes to Chatham Library. More

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