LGBT Poet Laureate

Poetry as a Catalyst for Social and Political Change

Announcement of LGBT Laureateship

April 2016

Trudy Trafalgar Square

Gscene have announced that the recipient of the title first LGBT Poet Laureate, which will be formally announced during LGBT History Month in February, is Trudy Howson.

This inaugural post was devised by Camden LGBT Forum to promote LGBT poetry in London and the UK. Camden LGBT Forum is a charity that supports local LGBT residents.

A spokesperson for the Forum, said: “The Arts is a powerful tool we use to celebrate diversity and promote cohesion amongst our communities. During the last six years our INCITE Poetry event has been paving the way for LGBT talent to foster positive change through spoken and written word.”

The term of the appointment is for three years. During this period Trudy will be expected to.

The LGBT Poet Laureate’s poetry will:

n her poetry, ex actress and ex long-haul traveller Trudy Howson’s explores landscapes, internal and external and writes about the landscape of the LGBT community with warmth and humour. Her work is topical, inspirational and 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 and 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. She 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 Games

For the last three years Trudy has been hosting INCITE@The Phoenix, a monthly LGBT poetry event in an iconic theatrical venue in the West End where she will be making the official announcement about her new role.

Trudy said: I’m thrilled and honoured to be offered this innovative role. I’m also aware of the responsibility of representing a community as diverse as ours is, but I’m determined to set a high standard for those who come after me. Inclusion is a key issue, I want to really reach out to all our community. I believe poetry can bring the best out of us."

“I’m sure many of you already know my work on the LGBT circuit. Probably some of you have commissioned me in the past to write a poem for your specific event. I thank you for your support over the years. I suppose I’m one of those overnight successes that has taken years to get here!”

To contact the Camden LGBT Forum, telephone: 020 7388 5720 email: