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.
CW: confidence issues, mental health, the world. Last week, I was talking on the phone with my DSA mental health mentor. She was asking me how I was doing with my dissertation proposal, and I told her in honesty that I hadn’t had the opportunity to work on it in the past couple of weeks: … Continue reading Shameful (non) self-promotion
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: Images: Bentfest. Monday, 18th May, Kirsty Fife zine reading and discussion of class, DIY politics, academia and more. Tuesday, 19th May, Sop … Continue reading Bentfest talks
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 … Continue reading Alone Together. Ep 2: Arboretum
My therapist dared me to do an Instagram live poetry reading, so here it goes. 30TH APRIL 20206PM BST@CYNSTAGRAMMY I'll be reading a couple of pieces from Meanwhile, some old/new stuff and finally present my NaPoWriMo 2020 poem (this year I've been writing a couple of lines a day instead of a poem a day, … Continue reading Instagram Live @ 30 April, 6pm BST
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 … Continue reading Leicester Poetry from home
🎉 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. Thinking about thoes taquitoes. MORE INFO COMING SOON.
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. … Continue reading National Poetry Day 2019 #SpeakYourTruthPoem “Dark Truths/White Lies”
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 … Continue reading Writin from Between the Lines workshop – Everybody’s Reading
(featured image by Tee) To those who came to see my set at Manchester Punk Festival: thank you so much! It was a wonderful weekend of music, poetry and pals. It was great that y'all managed to get to The Thirsty Scholar on time to see me share some old and new stuff. I was … Continue reading MPF review and upcoming opening for Hannah Swings