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Interview with Soho Radio – 29 June 2017

I was interviewed by the lovely Clare Lynch for Soho Society Hour on Soho Radio on 29 June, 2017, during which I also performed some poetry, recorded below. The full interview can be found here: https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-soho-society-hour-29062017/

Love Happens Here – the theme poem for London Pride!

Summer in the City

Summer in the city

Heat rising from dusty pavements

Dogs panting in the shade

Keep thinking about you

 

Summer in the city

Sleeping under a satin sheet

Dreaming about your breasts

Wondering when we can meet

 

Summer in the city

Wrong kind of heat for transport

Buses trains, tubes and traffic

Grind to a dusty halt

 

Summer in the city

Lying on the grass in the park

Eating, drinking flirting

Al Fresco with friends

 

Summer in the city

Feeling its hot rumble

Longing to see you, without any

Clothes or other considerations

 

Summer in the city

Everyone’s feeling tetchy

Waiting for life after work

Playtime Gaytime Nicetime

 

Summer in the city

Escaping to the sea-side

Then diving back into

The city’s hot waiting mouth

The Smallhythe Trio

In collaboration with the National Trust, I launched an exhibition exploring the lives, loves and legends that were the Smallhythe Trio – Edith Craig, Christopher St John, and Clare Atwood. The event – which ran from 10-11 June 2017 in Smallhythe Place, residence of Edith Craig’s mother, actress Ellen Terry, explored the trio’s unconventional lives and relationships, and compared and contrasted the experiences of women then and now.

My poems for the event included: The Smallhythe Trio and Three Ladies

I have also been invited to create a similar event for the National Trust next year

Lesbian Visibility

LESBIAN VISIBILITY

This is a poem for all the Lesbians
In Chechnya, Nigeria, Libya, Burma.
Who become invisible to save their lives,
Or, are considered not worth reporting.

This is a poem for the brave Lesbians
Who stand up. Stand out. Are out.
Who will not remain hidden,
Wherever in the world they may be.

This is a poem for all those Women,
Who dare to love another woman.
Who open up their bodies and minds,
To the transformational power of love.

This is a poem for those of us,
Who are proud to call themselves Lesbian
Who reach out and nurture others
Who hold the whole world in their hands.