While measures continue to control the spread of COVID-19, Find the Right Words has continued its majestic labour of sharing poetry love in Leicester (and now beyond!) as a poetry podcast. I coheadlined the September issue with Emily Harrison (I can’t sleep ’cause my bed’s on fire). It all feels very homecoming.
Oli Page from Eye on Leicester sent me a few questions about being an artist living and loving in Leicester. This adoptive hometown of mine is more than disease and despair. It is art, innovation, hope and community, and I’m very proud of it. Read the full interview with Eye on Leicester here.
(featured image: Unsplash) The lovely folks from Leicester LGBT Centre invited me to judge their latest poetry contest for members of their social youth groups First Out (13-15 yrs), T Party (13-18 yrs trans kids) and Jump (16-18). The topic was Pride, Progress & Change, inspired by work by Dean Atta and Musa Okwonga as […]
My city is on the news as 866 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in the first two weeks of June. That’s one quarter of Leicester’s total since the beginning of lockdown. There were initially rumours about returning Leicester to lockdown, but now the proposal is to continue the current level of restriction (which is very […]
(featured image source: Nappy.co) Note: as a non-black person of colour, it’s not up to me to decide what will and won’t lead to black liberation. It is not up to me to call myself an ally either, since calling yourself an ally is a performative sign. The final decision lies on the people. This […]
Next week, Bentfest will host a series of talks on their Instagram Live if you want to tune in. The queer punk London festival will host a few of us at 6pm BST: Monday, 18th May, Kirsty Fife zine reading and discussion of class, DIY politics, academia and more. Tuesday, 19th May, Sop will talk […]
Adrian B. Earle (ThinkWriteFly) is one of the most active creators and promoters of poetry in the Midlands. VerseFirst is his multimedia portal in which through podcasts and videos he showcases voices from fellow poets across the region. His latest podcast, Alone Together, is a very interesting project merging words and sounds in small, reflective […]
It’s my birthday today. 34 years old now, and we’re mostly celebrating indoors watching television and cuddling the cat. Coincidentally, I got another present: my interview on Gem Kennedy’s Queers & Co. podcast is out now. For a bit more than half an hour, I talk to Gem about Anglophilia and soft power, racism in […]
One of the things I miss from the outside world is spoken word open mic nights. Fortunately, some of my fave nights in Leicester have found a way for us to keep talking, keep listening and keep connecting from quarantine and self-isolation. Jess Green’s Find the Right Words is now available as a poetry podcast […]
Featured picture: Kings Place. The first Young Adult verse novel in Dean Atta’s catalogue, feels like a warm hug to my inner child, inner teenager, inner baby queer. We grow through over 300 pages (over three hours as an audiobook — you must listen to the poets read their work whenever you can) along Michael’s […]