The poem is a response to Sibel Gul’s photograph of the catalpa (Indian bean) tree at Rochester Cathedral. At the time of writing the future of […]
A small boy in the level landscape of the park is surrounded by gulls and the scattered shadows of gulls in this photograph by Sibel Gul. The […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
The poem imagines the last member of a family who have grown apples for generations in Kent. Economic considerations have led to the destruction of the orchard.
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 […]
A sense of place is fundamental to a novel. From Wuthering Heights to Wind in the Willows, both plot and […]
At first glance, this Staffordshire figurine at the Guildhall Museum in Rochester simply portrays a flamboyantly dressed lady surrounded by a leopard and tiger. But read the inscription on the […]
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 […]
‘Terry’s Cherries’ is a small fruit stall in the orchards near Faversham. To get to it you turn off the drive to school farm and drive deep into […]