strange fruits is a poetry collection by Kent writer, Maria C. McCarthy. Maria is a poet of remarkable skill, whose work offers surprising glimpses into our 21st-century lives - the `strange fruits' of our civilisation or lack of it. Shot through with meditations on the past and her heritage as `an Irish girl, an English woman', it includes poems reflecting on her urban life in a Medway town and as a rural resident in Swale. strange fruits is the fourth project from WordAid, a collective of poets dedicated to raising money for charity. It is published to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity that helped her friend Karen McAndrew in the last weeks of her life.