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THE WILDERNESS YEARS

Do you remember the Wilderness Years?

The years between 18 and 25.

The years of hope and longing,

When everything was new.

 

Do you remember the worry?

Of being excluded, of not fitting in?

Of not being, in some way

A bona – fida member of LQBT Gay.

 

Do you remember feeling overwhelmed?

Being tossed about in life’s jet stream,

Bewildered by, what the fuck,

Or who, was going on?

 

Do you remember those lost years?

The sex, the drink, the drugs, the clubs

So many new faces, new places

Some good, some bad, some ugly.

 

Those who can remember it,

Have passed through it.

Those who can remember it,

Have survived it. Some don’t.

 

18 to 25 .The highest statistic

Of disenchantment and depression

Of death by suicide or misadventure

Within our community.

 

It doesn’t have to be that way

Those can be happy care-free years

Celebrating all that is great, good & gay.

Supported by love and wisdom.

 

Let us light a beacon in our hearts,

To guide those young men and women

The sons & daughters, the next generation,

Who now navigate, The Wilderness years.

Gscene article on announcement of LGBT Laureateship

TRUDY HOWSON BIO/CV

The recipient of the title “First LGBT Poet Laureate” which will be formally announced during LGBT History Month in February is Trudy Howson.

This inaugural post was devised by Camden LGBT Forum to promote LGBT poetry in London and the UK. Camden LGBT Forum is a charity that supports local LGBT residents.

A spokesperson for the Forum, said: “The Arts is a powerful tool we use to celebrate diversity and promote cohesion amongst our communities.  During the last six years our INCITE Poetry event has been paving the way for LGBT talent to foster positive change through spoken and written word.”

The term of the appointment is for three years. During this period Trudy will be expected to.

♦ Write poems for nationally and internationally recognised LGBT days and events.

♦ Write, perform and promote poetry that reflects and celebrates the very diverse experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people within our society

♦ Raise the profile and accessibility of LGBT poetry

The LGBT Poet Laureate’s poetry will:

♦ Portray the lives and experiences of the LGBT community.

♦ Celebrate our style and culture.

♦ Support LGBT people who feel isolated and marginalized within our society

♦ Encourage within our community a sense of self-respect and pride

♦ Raise a greater public awareness of the LGBT community

♦ Encourage LGBT people of all ages, nationalities and types, to read, write, watch and listen to poetry.

In her poetry, ex actress and ex long-haul traveller Trudy Howson’s explores landscapes, internal and external and writes about the landscape of the LGBT community with warmth and humour. Her work is topical, inspirational and she is currently developing a living interactive form of poetry.

Trudy has performed her poetry in pubs, clubs, theatres, fields and forests. On boats, buses, local and national radio and TV and has performed extensively in India, South East Asia and Burma.

Her poetry has been published in The Telegraph, The Times, and The London Review, as well as numerous magazines and online publications. She wrote a living-interactive poem for The London Olympics called “Going for Gold” which the BBC filmed and used as a trailer in the run up to the Games

For the last 3 years Trudy has been hosting INCITE@The Phoenix, a monthly LGBT poetry event in an iconic theatrical venue in the West End where she will be making the official announcement about her new role on Monday, February 15.

Trudy said: I’m thrilled and honoured to be offered this innovative role. I’m also aware of the responsibility of representing a community as diverse as ours is, but I’m determined to set a high standard for those who come after me. Inclusion is a key issue, I want to really reach out to all our community. I believe poetry can bring the best out of us.

“I’m sure many of you already know my work on the LGBT circuit. Probably  some of you have commissioned me in the past to write a poem for your specific event. I thank you for your support over the years. I suppose I’m one of those overnight successes that has taken years to get here!”

To contact the Camden LGBT Forum, email: mailto:camdenlgbtforum.org.uk

Or telephone: 020 7388 5720

TRUDY HOWSON CV/BIOG

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Ex actress, ex long-haul traveller Trudy Howson’s poetry explores landscapes, internal and external. She writes about the landscape of the LGBT community with warmth and humour. Her work is topical and inspirational. She is currently developing a living interactive form of poetry.

Trudy has performed her poetry in pubs, clubs, theatres, fields and forests. On Boats, Buses, Local and National Radio and TV. She has performed extensively in India, South East Asia and Burma

Her poetry has been published in The Telegraph, The Times, and The London Review, as well as numerous magazines and online publications.

Trudy wrote a living-interactive poem for The London Olympics called “Going for Gold” which the BBC filmed and used as a trailer in the run up to the event.

For the last 3 years Trudy has been performing her work and hosting INCITE@The Phoenix, a popular monthly LGBT poetry event in an iconic theatrical venue in the West End.                            

SELECTED CREDITS


Polari                    London’s Gay Literary Salon on the Southbank
St Pauls Cathedral Poem for launch of ‘No to Hate Crime Week’
Beach Hut Poetry  Channel 4 “Homes by the Sea”
“Together”               Film for LGBT History Month
“Schwule”               International Holocaust Day
Raise The Bar          Soho
L’ Escargot             Soho
Vauxhall Tavern       South London
Two Brewers           South London
Out in Brighton        Radio
“Banned!”               Brighton Town Hall/Library
Roundhouse             Radio Queer Quips
The L Word           The Poetry Café, WC2
Russia With Love   Ku Bar, WC1 / ITN News
The Outlaws                     London/Norfolk various venues
Kino Teatro              Hastings

TRUDY HOWSON Cv/biog.

 

Ex actress, ex long-haul traveller Trudy Howson’s poetry explores landscapes, internal and external. She writes about the landscape of the LGBT community with warmth and humour. Her work is topical and inspirational. She is currently developing a living interactive form of poetry.

Trudy has performed her poetry in pubs, clubs, theatres, fields and forests. On Boats, Buses, Local and National Radio and TV. She has performed extensively in India, South East Asia and Burma

Her poetry has been published in The Telegraph, The Times, and The London Review, as well as numerous magazines and online publications.

Trudy wrote a living-interactive poem for The London Olympics called “Going for Gold” which the BBC filmed and used as a trailer in the run up to the event.

For the last 3 years Trudy has been performing her work and hosting INCITE@The Phoenix, a popular monthly LGBT poetry event in an iconic theatrical venue in the West End.                            

SELECTED CREDITS


Polari                    London’s Gay Literary Salon on the Southbank
St Pauls Cathedral Poem for launch of ‘No to Hate Crime Week’
Beach Hut Poetry  Channel 4 “Homes by the Sea”
“Together”               Film for LGBT History Month
“Schwule”               International Holocaust Day
Raise The Bar          Soho
L’ Escargot             Soho
Vauxhall Tavern       South London
Two Brewers           South London
Out in Brighton        Radio
“Banned!”               Brighton Town Hall/Library
Roundhouse             Radio Queer Quips
The L Word           The Poetry Café, WC2
Russia With Love   Ku Bar, WC1 / ITN News
The Outlaws                     London/Norfolk various venues
Kino Teatro              Hastings