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
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.
Performing Chechnya’s Choice as part of Amnesty International’s and Stonewall’s protest outside the Russian Embassy, 2 June 2017
Law abiding, responsible men and women.
People from our LGBT Community.
Beaten, caged, raped and tortured,
In a Hurricane of Homophobic Hate.
Chechnya has abdicated rationality,
Relinquished reason and justice.
Succumbed to brutality and hatred.
The Cull, has begun.
Fathers, brothers, uncles snatched
From the bosom of their families.
Mother’s, sister’s hands wrenched
From rocking Russia’s cradle.
Chechnya has made its choice
To punish homosexual Love.
To purge its streets of dignity and respect,
Let ignorance & fear rule its heart.
Let us now raise our voices,
Performed at Incite@The Phoenix in May 2017
Lift up our global communities’ heart.
Ours is the enduring voice of love
It can not. Must not be silenced.
We are the heart of this fair city
Forming its breadth and length
We sprinkle it with Fairy Dust
Empower it with our strength
Welcome to FUNOPOLIS
Every type of Us lives here
This City is great if you’re a Queer
The range and span of Woman and Man
Living, without fear
Welcome to DIVERSOPOLIS
From the bottom to the top
Kinky, winkey, romantic or not
As big as imagination.
Our lives are truly hot.
Welcome to SEXOPOLIS
So tonight, its party time
A chance to flirt and dance
Cast off the old, begin the new
Salutations to Love and Romance
Welcome to QUEEROPOLIS