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HIV/AIDS

Performed at Celebrate, Commemorate, Cabaret 


The name strikes dread into our heart,

We know what its impact can be.

We’ve seen the worst and best of it,

Its devastation of our community.

 

In the hedonistic excess of the 80’s,

We saw our playmates falter and fall.

Their fluids turned into Hades River,

Some swept away. Some, not at all.

 

The randomness, of the infection.

The suspicion, ignorance and fear.

Our family, friends and lovers blamed

Just because, they were Queer.

 

Investment in medical research

Stopped this killer in its tracks.

The afflicted now can live a life,

Improved by treatment and facts.

 

We honour our brothers and sisters,

Who didn’t survive that fight.

We salute and support the survivors

Whose life turned out alright.

 

Let us celebrate our lives today,

And those, whose lives are past.

Embrace our loving community

May it prosper, flourish and last

Love, Lusting and Loathing in the Bloomsbury Literati

I researched, wrote and performed an exclusive show for the Bloomsbury Festival in October 2017, which explored the loves and lives of Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey.

‘An Odd Couple’

 

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.

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/