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Coronavirus – A Living Poem

I’m writing a living interactive poem in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. To do this, I will need your help. I devised this unusual format for a poem I wrote for the London Olympics in 2012, which was filmed by the BBC. You can see it here: The written version can be found here:

We are now living in a previously unimaginable and disturbing period of our history. I intend this poem to bear witness to our personal experience and tenacity during it. Your responses to this questionnaire will be, in part, the content and driving force for this poem.

If you’d like to take part, the link to add your submission is here: The finished poem will be about and for us all, whatever our age, colour, politics, religion or sexuality. All submission will remain anonymous.

Poem for London Pride

Watch me perform this at London Pride 2016!

Let’s Celebrate this day,

Be proud of who we are.

Dazzling in diversity.

Here from near and far.


Just look around and see

It’s Love that sets us free.

We’re every colour, creed and style

L. G. B. I. T.


Our hearts are open wide

There is no need to hide.

Embraced by our community

Being who we want to be.


So here at London Pride

With friends on every side.

Let’s dance and sing and shout,

We’re Queer, we’re Proud, we’re Out.



For London Pride 2016; performed also at ’60 Years a Queen’

We are the voice of Love

That dares to speak its name.

We will not, can not be silenced.

We are… # No Filter


We are a wave of Love

That ripples around the world.

We’re every creed, colour and religion.

We are… # No Filter.


We are a beacon of Love

Dazzling in our style and diversity.

We’re trendsetters, go-getters, creatives.

We are… # No Filter.


We are the spectrum of Love

Shape-shifters, Gender-benders, fluid.

We’re dreamers, magicians, groundbreakers.

We are…. # No Filter.


We are a celebration of Love

People who hang on to hope.

We’re L.G.B.T.Q. The real deal.

We are… # No Filter.


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My name is Trudy and I am a poem

I am the whisper in your ear,

The tap, tap tap on the window.

The unexpected letter.


I am your secret hope,

The best you wish for.

Laughter in your house,

I am the voice of Love.


Poetry expands our senses,

Brings out the best and worst

Transforms pain into grace

Makes us bigger people.


Hear the poem in your heart

Let it come out

It belongs to you entirely

It is your gift to yourself



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.                            


Sky TV               “What’s Up” Culture Show
British Library         Poetry of the LGBT Poet Laureate recorded for posterity in Dec 2016
Pride:    London, Isle of Wight, San Francisco, Hastings, Stoke-on-Trent
Incite@The Phoenix: 3 yr residency, Phoenix Artist Club WC2
Library Club            Camp Confidential Cabaret Show
National Trust:        London and East Sussex
Polari             Gay Literary Salon on the Southbank
Bloomsbury Festival                2017 & 2018
Tate Modern                  Love Happens Here
St Paul’s Cathedral Poem for launch of ‘No to Hate Crime Week’
Channel 4               “Homes by the Sea” Beach hut Poetry
“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
De La Warr Pavilion       Secret Screening – film shorts and poetry
LGBT History Month:              Bristol, Leeds, Bolton Museums
Launch of Gay UK