The Vines in the autumn

A short observation about the atmosphere in The Vines, Rochester early or late (and you can’t really tell which) in an autumn day.  Everything is backwards as the grounds seems to drip onto the sky, the avenue of trees lights up the lamps […]

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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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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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