At the Isle of Wight Pride 2018 – I was very honoured to be able to write and perform the theme poem, and this was captured by ITV
I’ve been commissioned to write the theme poem for the Isle of Wight Pride 2018. I’m going to be there all weekend, and and looking forward to being part of the UK National Pride-winning Pride on this beautiful island.
Stepping into our Destiny.
Moving into the light.
Proud to be L.G.B.T.
Here, on the Isle of Wight.
Remembering our History.
Poets. Artists. Sailors.
Rooted in this island’s rock,
Farmers. Fighters. Tailors.
Celebrating who we are,
Stylish, full of life.
Welcoming Loves diversity
Its harmony and strife
Honoring our Community,
And how our lives can be.
The courage and creativity,
Embedded in L.G.B.T.
On this day we send a message
To our family worldwide.
Be yourself, you’re beautiful!
There is no need to hide
Celebrating the T in our LGBTQ+ community. November 20th marks Trans Day of Remembrance. An evening showcasing LGBTQ+ poetry as diverse as we are in an iconic West End venue and hosted by LGBT Poet Laureate.
Free entry with retiring collection during the evening.
These words make no sense
I’ve arranged them every way
But still cant read them
This flat is too small.
There’s nowhere to put my things
No space to move around
These shoes are too tight
They pinch my toes and heel
Make walking painful
That joke is not funny,
I’ve heard it too many times
I’ve stopped laughing
These clothes are too loose
I’ve shrunk away inside them
I’m hiding in the folds
This bath is too cold
The waters stood for too long
It’s lost its heat
That door is locked
I seem to have lost the key
I can’t open it
This romance is over
It was something I dreamt up
Now…I’ve woken up
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.