The Empty Chair Poetry Trail

From July 2021

Locations around the Medway Towns

Ten poets were commissioned to write in response to the works and life of Charles Dickens, to mark the 150th anniversary of his death in 2020. The poems are now posted in various locations around the Medway Towns. My poem, ‘Great Expectations’, is inside St James’s Church, Cooling, and is about the children buried in thirteen lozenge-shaped graves in the churchyard. These inspired Charles Dickens to write the opening of Great Expectations, and they are now known as ‘Pip’s graves.’ The church is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

You can see the full list of poets and locations for their poems here. Thanks to Wordsmithery for inviting me to take part in this wonderful project.



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