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: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-18355116/wells-next-the-sea-performs-london-2012-olympics-poem. The written version can be found here: http://www.lgbtpoetlaureate.org.uk/going-for-gold/.
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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc81sEXQbGEQpj9xRcRQpfWti-M3GMvgW3Iygk_6VY0xNOo3Q/viewform. The finished poem will be about and for us all, whatever our age, colour, politics, religion or sexuality. All submission will remain anonymous.
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.
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