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.
(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 […]
With the whole pandemic going on, this year’s Burning Eye Books releases are staggered. A lot of release parties postponed, cancelled or moved to online (again, gotta love an online event). So, it looks like Meanwhile will be released in October instead of September. Will add more updates as time goes by, including book release […]
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 […]
🎉 GETTING PUBLISHED NEXT YEAR 🎉 Burning Eye Books are releasing my debut poetry collection in the second half of 2020, along books by James McDermott, Shagufta K Iqbal, Elvis Mcgonnaghall, Pauline Sewards, Bethany Rose, Tom Sastry and Dizraeli. MORE INFO COMING SOON.
I walk into a room and it feels like a funeral. Pale faces, cold breath, blocked chimneys. Victorian indoors. Pouts. Sleepy glass see through whattakes up the soil. Once beloved, forbidden now. Imposter syndrome for actual imposters.Those who’d dial trebble-nine,toss my name on the deadpool. Golden ticket in hand,numbers match. My demise,after all, been confirmed. […]
Today is National Poetry Day, and everyone from living poetry legends like Joelle Taylor to… Brian?! are celebrating with their favourite poems or with pieces created for the occassion. The theme this year is “truth”, and the National Poetry Day organisers have requested poets to write, perform and video record their work on the subject. […]
10 October 20196pm to 8pmSharing Space, Portland BuildingDe Montfort University Based on the concept of liminality, this poetry and performance workshop aims to motivate those who feel stuck between nationalities, races, genders, bodies, legal and educational status. Open to everyone, particularly refugees, migrants, survivors of domestic abuse and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Here we […]
featured image credit: Life on the Slow Lane. Going to start posting book reviews here every now and then because content. Content warning: mental health, leg amputation, near-death experience. On video: this, plus family death, internalised fatphobia. In 2013, Jackie Hagan was given the opportunity to work on a play about growing up. Around the […]
Almost a decade late to the Rotation Curation party, but never too late, I guess: this week I am curating the TwkLGBTQIA+ twitter account. Every week, @TwkLGBTQ gets a different person from the sparkling rainbow of lesbians, gays, bis, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and more across the world, to share their stories, establish conversations and […]