The Magpie Community Centre & Cafe

My name is Kathryn and I facilitate a Depression and Anxiety Peer Support group at The Magpie Community Café and Centre at 33 Magpie Hall Road, Chatham. ME4 5NE. This is part of the All Saints Community Project.
At our meetings we like to have a ‘self help’ topic of discussion. One meeting it was “Do something you’re good at” and ‘being creative’ was […]

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Thank you for travelling with southeastern

This is another piece written for and performed at the 2016 Dickens Festival in Rochester.  It describes the view from the young Charles’s attick room in Ordnance Terrace, Chatham.  That was of course before a railway line was placed there. . .

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Rochester Bridge in February

On a freezing cold morning on Rochester Bridge, as one looks across to Frindsbury breathing air that’s crunchy with frost and squinting from the weak sun which illuminates the river’s surface […]

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Sun Pier Blue

Written during the Rochester Literature festival 2015, at the Nature Girl workshop hosted by Carol Donaldson. Carol showed us some ideas […]

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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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Sweep Dreams

Rochester Sweeps’ Festival is a celebration of the coming of spring, and as May Day was also the traditional holiday for chimney sweeps or Climbing Boys as they were officially known, the two […]

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Sea Leaves

This poem was born of visiting various coastlines in Kent, and remembering the chalky landscapes of Medway  by the river as the tide came in. I was sad at leaving Medway and this summed up the […]

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