Wordsmithery have been hosting pop-up writing retreats as part of this year’s Margate festival, in the shelter where TS Eliot wrote parts of The Waste Land.
Here is a collaborative poem written by Margate passers-by on 10 September. We will be back in the shelter this Saturday. (More info.)
A place. Homely.
Walking the dog
On a stretch of sand.
A wonderful place to live,
Modern then charming:
The derelict facade of Dreamland
And the Turner, like sliced off flats.
It’s sunny – I like the views
… But it smells funny.
On a sunny day, a place to swim;
On a windy day it’s like living on
the edge of hell.
A lovely coastline, lovely people
You’ve got to be careful
It’s stuck in the ‘60s… the ‘70s maybe
We’ve started the Christmas shopping.
The Turner’s like Minecraft
Or like sails.
full of historic cultural gems
My beloved Margate…
Light, space, sand, huge skies.
It’s really on the up.