What’s On

RAP Online Productions – a fee free community initiative.

The RAP OP Team been working hard to bring to you a monthly online production in collaboration with some of the many talented artists in Robertsbridge, from writers to illustrators, painters to poets. The format will be either a presentation, an interview or a conversation between like-minded individuals.  60 minutes in duration (is the average).  With question/answer session kept for the end. To be viewed in the comfort of your home, via Zoom.

Next up:

Alan Judd presents:

‘The Romney Marsh Gang – Sussex writers a century on.’

Sunday 16 May, 7:30pm

‘Just over a century ago, East Sussex and nearby bits of Kent boasted or – perhaps more accurately – hosted a number of well-known writers.   They included Kipling, Henry James, H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford and others, plus regular visitors such as Edith Wharton and Violet Hunt.  They mostly knew each other, they competed and collaborated and gossiped.  They also wrote about each other, not always kindly, including one who recorded her failed attempt to seduce Henry James in Lamb House.  What brought them here, what did they think of it and what happened to them?  Local author Alan Judd offers a quick canter over the ground.’

Book your virtual seat: https://rap.org.uk/tickets/


Alan Judd is the author of 15 novels and two biographies. He previously served as a soldier in the British army and as a diplomat in the Foreign Office. Judd is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has won numerous awards including the Guardian Fiction Prize and the Heinemann Award, with three of his novels having been filmed.

Alan’s latest: A Fine Madness, a novel about Christopher Marlowe published last month by Simon & Schuster, chosen as The Sunday Times historical fiction Book of the Month, also one of The Guardian Books of the Month.



RAP followers may recall Michael Smith’s recent talk for RAP, the first in our recent series of lockdown specials, which dealt with Captain Crozier and the missing Franklin expedition.

Mick’s new book on the subject will be published shortly. It is also highly topical because of the current BBC series, The Terror, though the TV series is fiction. Mick’s book is factual.

In the interests of supporting our local businesses, Mick asks anyone in the vicinity interested in a copy to deal with Rother Books in Battle if convenient. Local shops need all the help they can get at the moment.  Contact:  rotherbooks@btconnect.com     Icebound in the Arctic – The Mystery of Captain Francis Crozier and the Franklin Expedition  (O’Brien Press).