Memories of the Past

Coming to Teynham to be wed in 1952, I look around me now and see a very different view, remembering how it used to be so many years ago wandering through the orchards; what a privilege to know. […]

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ROCHESTER AT TWILIGHT

A third poem inspired by a photo of Sibel Cahide Gul; this is a stunning image which both fictionalises and reveals the city. The poem attempts to do justice to the drama of the photo through […]

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CHATHAM DOCKYARDS

My father was born in Rochester and told me stories of swimming out as a boy to touch the sides of battleships on the Medway at Chatham. The photograph is by Sibel Cahide Gul, who has created […]

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Blandscape

At the opening event of Wandering Words at Creak Creative in Faversham I miss Heard Dan Simpson as he read a poem and the word I heard reminded […]

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MEDWAY SWAN

This is one of a series of poems resulting from a collaboration between Sibel Gul,  a talented photographer based in Rochester, and Derek Sellen, writer. The images all relate to the Medway area. […]

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Jumble Sale

Already a small queue of gypsies, tooled up with Asda ‘ bags for life’. Staking our place , we are eyed like new hookers on the block. More pick up trucks screech into the car park, children gust […]

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THE ARETHUSA

This is an extract from a one act play called ‘The Arethusa’.

The play is based on real events of August 1912 when a training ship, the ‘Arethusa’, capsized off Leysdown and nine scouts, boys […]

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The Chase

I am struck by themes of ‘blue’ at the moment and want to explore this in a range of poems this weekend at Magna Carta Festival in Faversham. Bluebells still abound, a promise of something more […]

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