Thank you to Josh from Ham & High for heralding in the anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act with this piece on my performance at the Town Hall, 27th July 2017.
LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson has relocated to St Leonard’s on Sea and dedicated a poem to the first Hastings Pride. Trudy was appointed LGBT Poet Laureate in February 2016. She will hold the post for a term of three years. This inaugural post was devised by Camden LGBT Forum to promote LGBT poetry in London and the UK. Trudy now holds the title of the First LGBT Poet Laureate and says interest has been huge. “My first year has been a whirlwind of interesting gigs and opportunities,” she said. “I really believe that through poetry I have the opportunity to improve the quality of our community’s lives and entertain them!” During her term as the LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy’s role requires her 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. Trudy says moving to the local area has been an inspiration. “I’ve moved (in part) down to the south coast now, to St Leonards, and am loving having access to the sea – especially now its getting warmer. “I find the landscape very inspiring, the people friendly and quirky (like me!) and was proud to be invited to perform at the launch of Hastings Pride last year and I’m looking forward to performing this year.” Trudy’s current projects include working for the British Museum, Amnesty International, National Trust and London Pride; she will be writing and performing this years theme poem and hosting ‘Camp Confidential’ on July 8. This weekend (June 10 and 11) Trudy explores, through poetry and prose, The Smallhythe Trio: Edith Craig. Christopher St John and Clare Atwood. She said: “It’s at the actress Ellen Terry’s beautiful house at Smallhythe Place. It offers everything we’d expect from a National Trust property; cream teas, home made cakes, beautiful gardens and artefacts.” See Trudy at Hastings Pride, The Oval on Sunday August 27. www.lgbtpoetlaureate.org.uk
Poem for Hastings Pride by Trudy Howson
Lets 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 Hastings Pride
With friends on every side.
Lets dance and sing and shout
We’re Queer, we’re Proud, we’re Out.
Read more at: http://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/poem-dedicated-to-hastings-pride-1-7997584
Barn Theatre at Smallhythe Place
Saturday 10 & 11 June, 3pm
To celebrate National Trust’s Prejudice and Pride programme L.G.B.T Poet Laureate Trudy Howson is coming to Smallhythe Place to explore The Smallhythe Trio: Edith Craig, Christopher St. John and Clare Atwood, through poetry and prose.
She will also be in conversation with our House Steward, Susannah Mayor and Curator of the current LGBT exhibition, Carla Danella, about Edy Craig and her circle of LGBT friends that lived at the property. There will be a Q&A session to close the event.
Read the full article here: http://insidekentmagazine.co.uk/an-lgbt-celebration-at-smallhythe-place/
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,
Lift up our global communities’ heart.
Ours is the enduring voice of love
It can not. Must not be silenced.
Performed at Incite@The Phoenix in May 2017
As released by the Poetry Library (25 Jan 2016):
Camden LGBT Poet Laureate appointed | 25-Jan-16
- 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 LGBT people within society
- Raise the profile and accessibility of LGBT poetry
- Portray the lives and experiences of the LGBT community
- Celebrate LGBT style and culture
- Support LGBT people who feel isolated and marginalized within society
- Encourage within the LGBT 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