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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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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Memories of the Past

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. […]

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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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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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Thistle

Whilst driving round the area with Maria looking for photo opportunities for her writing we visited Edith May, a Thames Sailing Barge moored at […]

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