Orchard: Art inspired by Rainham Community Orchard

Maria has a long-standing relationship with orchards, ever since she moved into a house that backed onto an orchard in the village of Teynham, where Richard Harrys, fruiterer to Henry VIII, established the first cherry orchards in England. Maria is now living in Gillingham, close to Rainham Community Orchard. She was delighted to be part of a year-long project with other artists, chronicling a year in the orchard.

The Orchard exhibition (previously on display at Rainham Library and Riverside Country Park) has now moved to The Oast Community Centre, Rainham. It is in the Wakeley Hall (Information correct in May 2019; as yet there is no end date for the exhibition). Access is dependent on activities taking place within the hall.

Maria’s pamphlet of poems on the disappearing orchards of Kent, with images by Sara Fletcher, is available exclusively from Cultured Llama Publishing for £7 plus p&p: There are Boats on the Orchard 

Poem posters, like those on display in the Orchard exhibition, are available to purchase here: Poem Posters

Confluence 9 Launch

15 May 2019, Poco Loco, Chatham, 7.00 p.m.

The launch of Confluence 9, an international literary magazine, will feature readings by Maggie Harris, Rosemary McLeish and Maria C. McCarthy. The magazine features poems and stories with wonderful artwork by Rosemary McLeish. Entry is free.

58-60 High St, Chatham, ME4 4DS

The Circle of Life – Dying Matters Exhibition


7 -31 May 2019

MCH House, Bailey Drive, Gillingham ME8 0PZ

The Medway based ‘Brown Bread Collective’ is organising an exhibition of creative works entitled ‘The Circle Of Life’ as part of National Dying Matters week. The exhibition will kindly be hosted by Medway Community Healthcare, a local community provider, at MCH House in Gillingham; and will be an opportunity for artists, creatives, photographers and poets to submit work inspired by the subject, bringing attention to an often taboo topic.

These prints will be displayed at MCH House, in reception, from 7th to 31st May.

Heidi Shute, Engagement Director at MCH says: “We manage palliative care and the Wisdom Hospice locally and firmly believe that talking openly and with compassion about death and dying are vital to providing the right care. With that in mind, this collaboration with the Brown Bread Collective will highlight death through art – sparking conversation and raising awareness locally.”

The event is part of Dying Matters Awareness Week, which has been organised by the Dying Matters Coalition, to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Throughout Dying Matters Awareness Week, events and activities are being held up and down the country to raise awareness about end of life issues.

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