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27th April – ‘Imagining Our Futures’ – Central School of Speech and Drama, London

GI LogoI feel that being able to imagine a positive and productive future for yourself is a really key part of living a happy life, and so I am delighted to be speaking at this event next weekend.

‘Imagining Our Futures’ brings together trans professionals from a range of backgrounds to talk about their careers, what inspires them, and how being trans may have had an effect on things for them.

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The event is organised by Gendered Intelligence, and will give young trans people an opportunity to hear from older trans people and ask questions – whether it’s about the career path itself or information on being trans or transitioning in a particular field.

The venue is fully accessible. Travel bursaries will be available, for up to £7 per person, with a receipt. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, go to Imagining Our Futures.

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Day 18: Small Press Advent Calendar: EYEWEAR PUBLISHING

day 18As I featured a book called ‘Tea‘ the other day, I thought it only right and proper that for Day 18, we should indulge in some…

‘Dangerous Cakes’ by Elspeth Smith, Published by Eyewear Publishing

Eyewear Publishing Ltd. is a small independent press that is still, so to speak, ‘hot off the press’. They are based in London and started up just this last year (2012). They focus on excellent new work by poets from the UK and abroad, as well as the rediscovery of out-of-print figures, such as   Terence Tiller.

dangerous cakes‘Dangerous Cakes’ by Elspeth Smith is full of “sly poems that limit themselves with obsessive tropes – shoes, wine glasses, balloons, tea, cake, dancing – and then open up, somehow, into vast, mysterious places, with a question or aperçu. Her vision is both light and dark, for curtains open and close. And, though her own life is, and was, doubtless filled with countless personal details of interest, she has pared all back in her poems, that, in their quiet universality, are all the more intimate, and devastatingly lovely.” – Read this and more reviews on Eyewear.

‘Elspeth Smith’s poems are indeed “dangerous cakes”; tiny parcels of benign delightfulness with danger at their centres. A patch of grass, a fresh covering of snow, an old shoe box take a sinister turn if you dare to join the party.’ – Lorraine Mariner

‘Dangerous Cakes’ is available to buy now for £12.99 direct from Eyewear Publishing.

christmasBundle320x216Also, Eyewear are including this book in their SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFER: £39.99 for a bundle of books  (normally £51.96)! In this you get four very different poetry collections that offer a snapshot of contemporary poetry, and it all comes tied up nicely in a special Eyewear ribbon.

The bundle includes:

  • Dangerous Cakes by Elspeth Smith
  • Cape Town by Kate Noakes
  • Night Journey by Richard Lambert
  • Midwest Ritual Burning by Morgan Harlow

Eyewear are also happy to include a gift message with the set, if you type the message in the ‘note to seller’ box on their Paypal site, which you’ll see when you order. Buy the lot here now.

[Day 18 on the Poetry Advent Calendar is ‘Unplug the Fairy Lights before Bedtime’ by Matthew Stoppard]

30th May – Inc. Magazine #5 Launch Party – London

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be having a poem published (and illustrated!) in the fantastic Inc. Magazine next month! And as if that wasn’t enough already, they’ve also put my poem on the poster and asked me to perform at the launch party. Apparently the last one was like a kind of “poetry rave” and that’s the sort of rave I like the sound of!

There will be live music, illustration, and of course, poetry, from the likes of Mr Gee – poet for the BBC’s award winning Russell Brand Show, Catherine Brogan –  the 2011 BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam champion,  and Dan Simpson, Toby De Angeli, Gary from Leeds, Marta Owczrek, Anya Pearson, Will Coldwell, and me.

For full details and links to more information about all the performers, go to Inc. Magazine’s Homepage or the Facebook Event Page.

So if you’re in London on May 30th, do come to The Book Club, 100 Leonard St, EC2A 4RH, for 7pm and join in the fun. Tickets are £5 and include a free magazine!

27th April – Falmouth – Telltales Presents: ‘Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You’

The first event in the new Telltales Presents series is Molly Naylor’s critically acclaimed solo show ‘Whenever I get blown up I think of you’, showing at The Poly, Falmouth, on 27th April, with support by Nick Jarvis.

Molly Naylor 'Whenever I get blown up I think of you' Poster

‘I loved WHENEVER I GET BLOWN UP I THINK OF YOU. It’s funny, lyrical, and sad, and above all it does what all the best writing does – makes you tilt your head to one side and look at the world in a slightly different way.’

Jonathan Coe

‘The writing is urgent, edgy, the poetry of young urban Britain’ 

The Independent

How does it feel to have your world blown apart? Britain is booming and Molly moves to London from deepest Cornwall full of naive dreams, high hopes and on a quest to make her life just like the movies. Then on 7/7/2005, she finds herself on a tube blown up by terrorists and her life is forced to take a different direction. Funny, frank and poetic; this is the true story of what happened next and how we put things back together after they’ve been blown apart.

Molly Naylor will be supported by  Nick Jarvis, who will be taking to the stage to begin the evening with a lively selection of “sharp, smart and insightful poems.”

Tickets are just £8/ £6 concessions and are available from The Poly website, box office, or by calling 01326 319461.

5th February – London – Schools OUT

School's OutSchools OUT hosts an annual conference to address the homophobic and transphobic bullying which is unfortunately still prevalent in our schools.

The event will include the launch of a Schools OUT classroom, the LGBT Youth Northwest Equality framework, chances to talk about the law of Public Duty on sexual orientation and gender identity, discussion space and networking.

Nick Jarvis will be performing a collection of poems to raise awareness about the issues that trans people face.

You can find out more information and book tickets through the Schools OUT website.