I am excited to announce that the first issue of Wildcat Dispatches: for Dangerous Times is launched today: a small labour of collective love and fury and hopefully the first of many. I am proud to have written an article with Jake Phillips for the first issue. We argue for the importance of acknowledging the links between sexism and racism, particularly in … More Wildcat Dispatches: for Dangerous Times
I’m proud to be reading at #ReclaimtheNight in Sheffield next Friday (25 Nov). We need this event now more than ever, especially in the dangerous political context in which we are now living. The shocking triumph of Donald Trump last week clearly shows that widespread and popular chauvinism and xenophobia are alive and kicking. Personally speaking, given my own recent … More Reclaim The Day #ReclaimTheNight 2016
I am excited to see that the latest anthology from the wonderful independent publisher, Three Drops From a Cauldron is now available. Full Moon & Foxglove: An Anthology of Witches and Witchcraft contains over sixty poems and flash fiction pieces, including my new poem “Shard”. The Anthology, edited by Kate Garrett and her brilliant team, explores one of the most … More Full Moon and Foxglove Anthology
Trump’s election victory this morning has left many reeling. It is time to grieve, but not time to abandon the fight against injustice, xenophobia racism, misogyny and sexual violence. Over the last 18 months we have grown a powerful community in Sheffield in which people have felt safe enough to come to events to share their … More Keep up the fight
A personal story told by Leeds choir leader Frances Bernstein, with songs of liberation (Tuesday 22 November, 7.30-9.30pm, Clothworkers Hall, Leeds) Leeds University Centre for African Studies are offering a chance to see the special show: ‘Sing Freedom – a story with songs of liberation’, a personal story told by Leeds Free Range choir leader Frances Bernstein, set against … More Sing Freedom!
After a wonderful Hive Verse Matters Young People’s Open Mic last week, Verse Matters is back on Thursday 3 November at The Moor Theatre Deli for the last event in 2016! Come down for fab poetry from Loma Sylvana, wonderful stories from SJ Bradley (Fictions Of Every Kind) and great music from Salt Pinchers (incl. Stella Sminkos) There will also be brilliant open … More Verse Matters November 2016!
Verse Matters is teaming up with Hive South Yorkshire to run a young people’s open mic on Thursday 27 October at the Moor Theatre Deli in Sheffield! If you write poems, tell stories, compose lyrics, spit bars or have anything else to say out loud to a supportive audience, this is an evening to celebrate your words, ideas and talents … More Calling all young people (14-25)!