This project invited residents of Medway to write a letter to the place they think of as home, this has resulted in a collection of evocative and emotional writing, forming the basis for the exhibition.
Local photographer Nikki Price, who regularly works with ME4Writers, has taken images of home to as part of the exhibition, and a selection of local artist Heather Haythornthwaite’s atmospheric scenes of Rochester streets also featured in the Rochester part of the exhibition. It has been a lovely project to organise.
The idea for the exhibition grew as Medway often receives quite a bad press and there’s a feeling that people don’t really like living here. I didn’t know what to expect when ME4 invited people to write a letter about their home, but the writing we received has been overall really positive and we have received letters to date from people who have lived in Kent all their lives as well as people who have moved to Medway from other parts of the UK, and much further afield. (We have had letters in Bulgarian, Russian and Gaelic!)
It’s a lovely exhibition and we are really pleased that it got such a good response. We hope you enjoy hearing or reading the letters, and might contribute one if you haven’t already.
The submission process for this project was an open one. Although some writers who have contributed have written for us before, some of the writers have put pen to paper for the first time, and it is these letters that we found particularly touching.
The exhibition runs from Saturday, 3 November – Saturday 15 December at Rochester Community Hub and Saturday, 10 November – Friday, 7 December at Walderslade Village library. The exhibition at Rochester will be slightly bigger. There was a launch event on 10 November at Rochester from 1.30-4pm where we read some of the letters.
We hope the exhibition will grow and we will add new letters to it throughout the run of the exhibition.