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 leaving nothing left for the sky to hang on to, deltoids might wonder (as they try in vain to spot an horizon) whether the river or the sky held their dreams. Night time’s perspective will reveal.
This piece was written during Rachael Hale’s writing workshop at the Rochester literature festival. We were asked to select one of the museums […]
This concerns the contrast between the magic of the swans, their beauty and grace, within a historical context, and the fishermans hook caught in the face of the swans beak, left alone by his peers.
This short poem marked the start of a slight change in direction for me, being principally about the landscape rather […]
Sergeant Rufus Arthur Ward was killed in October 1940, when his plane was shot down in an air battle over Fort Borstal, near Rochester.
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 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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Fruit trees growing along the sides of the A2 goes back to Roman times, when legions of marching soldiers spat out cherry stones along the length […]