eternal witch of the highstreet

Explorers session 3_12This session began sheltered from the cold and rain with hot drinks in the well-known and well-loved Kristina’s Café on Chester Street. One of our Explorers comes here often with her family and we loved hearing her memories. Kristina’s has a history stretching back centuries (in 1586 she began life as a sweetshop), and we found a photo from over a century ago showing the place as ‘The Gwalia Restaurant’ dining and tea-rooms. This started discussions about the history of the town as we pored over library books filled with photos of Wrecsam’s history.

The idea was to continue writing in the psychogeography vein but one of the group suggested the café reminded her of a friendly old witch, filled with knowing and feeding the people of Wrecsam. She volunteered the line ‘eternal witch of the highstreet’. We loved this new way of experiencing the place, it reminded me of a Mythogeography tour of Cardiff I attended this summer led by the magical Dr. Phil Smith so we let the session turn organically, followed our thoughts and began to shape a new poem…



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