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Bloomsbury Festival

Poetry talks and performances @ Bloomsbury Festival
Multiple events / performances:

Thursday 19th October – ‘The Path’ – 6:30PM @ Camden Centre, Euston Road, Kings Cross, WC1H 9JE

Screening of the film ‘The Pass’ followed by panel and audience discussion based around themes of race and homosexuality. Price TBC.

 

Saturday 21st October – ‘Love, Lust and Loathing in the Bloomsbury Literati’ – 8PM @ My Bloomsbury Hotel 11-13 Bayley Street, Bedford Square, WC1 B3HD

Lively, interactive evening with friends old and new. Discussing sex and sensibility then and now. Hosted by LGBT Poet Laureate, Trudy Howson. £10-12 including free glass of wine. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Facebook event is here.

 


http://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/

Hatred Hurts Us All

In this week across our nation

We stand united in our call.

“There is no place for hatred.”

Because hatred hurts us all.

 

Whatever your ability or religion

Sexuality, colour of skin

This battle against hate crime

Is one we have to win.

 

Let’s educate the ignorant.

Dispel prejudice and fear.

Promote that Love is a human right,

Be open and be clear.

 

We can make a difference,

By what we do and say,

Against the intolerance and injustice,

Some people suffer every day

 

It’s okay to be different,

Lets honour who we are.

Make our world a safer place,

For all of us, near and far.

The Caravan Club

Who cares that they hate us

Out there, on the street.

Here we have a place,

We can secretly meet.

 

We can dress how we like,

Just relax and enjoy

Without fear or shame,

Be a girl or a boy.

 

We adopt new names,

Play gender games

Love outside the Law

At the Caravan Club.

 

It has to be said

I feel quite Queer

I wonder if its because

Lady D. is sitting near.

 

I wouldn’t say no,

Shouldn’t like to miss

An opportunity if it arose

And, she offered me a kiss

 

I’m feeling, oh so Queer!

On a cushion I shall lie

Perhaps she might come over

And we’ll kiss & coo & sigh.

 

I love it here,

It’s naughty, safe & fun.

We can be ourselves

No need to hide or run.

 

At The Caravan Club.

PEOPLE WILL SAY WE’RE QUEER

(Performed with musical accompaniment to ‘People will say we’re in love’ by Rogers & Hammerstein, 1943, but in a minor key)

Don’t praise my work so much

Don’t stand quite so near

Don’t laugh at my jokes too much

People will guess that we’re Queer

 

Don’t sigh and gaze at me

Your love is far too clear

Your eyes mustn’t glow like mine

People will know that we’re Queer

 

Don’t risk being truthful

Honesty would cost us both dear

Our families shamed, us prosecuted

Just because we are Queer

50th Anniversary of the Decriminalisation of Homosexuality

There is danger in dark places

For men like us, there are no spaces

Where we can be proud, where we can be free

Where I can love you and you, can love me

 

We know how great the risk would be

We’d be ostracized by society

Our lives & careers would be ruined of course

By blackmail, prosecution, threats or force

 

Because of that we play the game

Of love that dare not speak its name

My problem is when I hear your voice

My spirit doth lift and my heart rejoice

 

My flesh is weak, but my spirit strong

I know in my heart it is not wrong

For man to love man, and boy to love boy

To share love and respect, happiness and joy