The OO-Zone

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 […]

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Cooling

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, […]

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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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GD and the narwhal

This piece was written during Rachael Hale’s writing workshop at the Rochester literature festival. We were asked to select one of the museums […]

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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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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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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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Swinging High Over Faversham Creek

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 […]

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