This is a poem (+pic) about my trip to the Hoo Peninsula, which i made because i wanted to see the little islands in the Medway which i first […]
I wrote this poem for the 2016 Dickens Festival, at which Jaye Nolan from the Roch LitFest kindly invited me to perform. It is about a spot which the young Charles Dickens used to frequent and about which he would later be inspired to write. The poem flicks back and forth between the real life and the fictional, […]
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 […]
Written during the Rochester Literature festival 2015, at the Nature Girl workshop hosted by Carol Donaldson. Carol showed us some ideas […]
This piece was written during Rachael Hale’s writing workshop at the Rochester literature festival. We were asked to select one of the museums […]
Sergeant Rufus Arthur Ward was killed in October 1940, when his plane was shot down in an air battle over Fort Borstal, near Rochester.
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 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 […]
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 […]
Over a hundred years ago, a young lady asked her friends to help her turn 271 strips of calico into a wedding gift for her future husband. This […]
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 […]
Inspired by R.G. Cash, ‘Dew Ponds and Doodlebugs, Walderslade within Living Memory’, Lordswood Library.
This poem is a Pantoum. It is a difficult classical form where the 2nd and 4th line of each verse become 1st and 3rd in the next and so on. Each line must hold the same key words and can either […]
A poem about the art of building brickbat walls, common in the area near the brickfields of Conyer
Three poems about an orchard in Teynham: ‘Pioneer’, ‘All that remains’ and a haiku ‘The orchard in November’