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Sam Hall

Sam is the founder of 17Percent. Sam was a member of the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers’ Programme 2004-05, and studied advanced playwriting with playwright Jane Bodie. She has an MA in Creative Writing (Plays and screenplays) 2006-08, from City University, London, and also read scripts for The Cock Tavern Theatre for 6 months. Prior to and at the same time as this, Sam worked in journalism, editing several magazines. Sam’s plays have been performed in the UK and Italy. PRETTY BOY: The White Bear Theatre London, 2004 / HE SAID, SHE SAID: The Landor Theatre London, 2005 / SEA MONSTERS AND VESSELS AT SUNSET: part of The Turner Plays, The Etcetera Theatre London, 2008 and She Writes, Whitstable, March 2011 / THE LEGEND OF SWIFT NICK: part of The 7th Traveller, Dickens Festival Rochester, 2010 / MY WORLD IN RUBY SLIPPERS: for Accidental Collective, Kent County Hall, May 2011 / BOOKS ALIVE!: part of Low Expectations, Dickens Festival Rochester, June 2011 / SEE MONSTERS: a play for children, part of Maid in Kent, Lounge on the Farm Kent, July 2012, and She Writes, Whitstable, July 2012 / SEVEN TUNES ON THE FLUTE (Sette melodie per flauto): Trend festival of British writing, Teatro Belli, Rome, Italy, April 2013 / THE AUDITION: part of She Writes: What’s through the door?, Canal Cafe Theatre London, September 2013, and Rochester Literature Festival,  October 2013 / LOVE NEVER RETURNS MORE: part of The Spirit of my Dream, Rochester Literature Festival, October 2014 / THE FINAL FRONTIER: part of Whoop’n’Wail Represents… November 2014. / SUPERHEROES ANONYMOUS and HOW THE GARGOYLE GOT HER WINGS: Icon Youth Theatre Kent, December 2014 / MY MIND IS FREE: RahRah Theatre Company Tour October 2015.

Sam also teaches creative writing and works on community literature projects, with her freelance literary consultancy, Wordsmithery. @17Percent

Sarah Hehir

Sarah is an award-winning playwright and poet. Her radio play BANG UP won the BBC Writers Prize in 2013. Her stage plays include CHILD Z about the child grooming scandals and ZERO DOWN about zero hours contracts.  She is currently writer in residence at Little Pieces of Gold.


Joanna Lally

Joanna is an arts writer based between London and her home in the South East. Last year she lived in Ireland while studying for a Masters in Theatre and Performance at TCD, and she previously graduated with a first in English from King’s College London in 2012. She will soon be taking part in the HighTide Writer’s Academy, held at Chichester Festival Theatre, this coming April.

Sam Rapp “The Dyslexic Poet”

I am a Poet, Writer, Lawyer and Theatre Reviewer from Sussex. I currently reside in Rochester. I perform my own work, in Kent, London, Wales and Sussex, and for the second year have performed at the Rochester litfest, I also had the honour to be invited to write a poem as part of a collaboration of art and literature called An Assemblance of Judicious heretics.

I have reviewed plays by award winning writers, and I have also written reviews for WOW magazine. @SamRapp8

Barry Fentiman

Barry is a poet and writer active on the Kent live literature scene, who reviews gigs and shows.

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