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Mapping Our Network

Ours is a diverse and shifting Landscape.

We navigate it, plan our path

A network of Commitment and Friendship

Offering service, doing what we can

 

See how the pathways ebb and flow

Its boundaries flickers in the dark

It still exists when it’s not visible

Just reach out, make a mark

 

Ours is a secret and not so secret route

It’s a code we need to share

The way we communicate with each other

The way we show that we care

 

Together we can find a way

To illuminate the map

So that everyone who needs it

Can see and understand it

Incite November 2017

Poem for National Hate Crime Awareness Week (2017)

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,

Let’s honour who we are.

Make our world a safer place,

For all of us, near and far.

An Odd Couple

Written and performed for my show, ‘Love, Lust and Loathing in the Bloomsbury Literati’, during the Bloomsbury Festival


Lytton and Virginia were literary lions.

They prowled around the Bloomsbury Set,

Vetting interlopers that they met,

Pronouncing them suitable…or maybe not yet.

 

Their writing set the world aflame.

Their Bohemian lifestyle banished shame.

They tipped convention on its head,

For a new life order…or so they said.

 

Who would have thought, that he and she,

Would strike up a friendship so immediately.

A connection that lasted the whole of their life

Closer than lover, husband or wife.

 

He tall and thin, wracked with crippling fear,

Terrified of intimacy…

Yet desperate to be near.

 

She of similar stature, tormented by self-doubt,

Wanting to be uninhibited…

Struggling to let it out.

 

Both driven by ambition and desire to be rich.

Both liked to gossip, ruminate and bitch,

Suffer romantic torment and unrequited love.

As long-suffering partners strove to rise above.

 

A monumental relationship,

Based on values both held dear.

A very English friendship,

Eccentric and Queer.