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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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This is Not My Story @ Hall for Cornwall

“People tell me we live in a pretty equal world,
but man… this is a little boy
who everyone thinks is a girl, and
by high school his whole world is broken…”

‘This is Not My Story’ filmed at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro, February 2013, as part of a Telltales event.

 

‘Reading About Poetry (whilst thinking about girls)’ in LAVENDER REVIEW

In December I had a poem published in the Muse edition of the Lavender Reviewcalled ‘Reading About Poetry (whilst thinking about girls)‘. I wrote it back when I was at uni, trying to complete a rather tedious homework assignment – which then turned out to be far more fun than I’d anticipated! Here’s an extract:

George Segal, Gay Liberation Monument, Sheridan Square, NYC (1980). Photo by Robert Giard. Courtesy of the Stephen Bulger Gallery. I’m squeezing alliteration
out of her gluteus
maximus, medius, and minimus
until they are oozing
with assonance.

I’m licking the ligature ‘ash’ off
her lobulus auriculæ,
and when I
open her bra (
that she bought at the market)
I find iambic areolae
flitTING aCROSS my BRAIN
punctuated at periods with
mammary papilla…

You can read the poem in full, and/or listen to me reading it aloud (if you’re into that sort of thing) on the Lavender Review website.

The Lavender Review is an international, biannual e-zine dedicated to poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians, including whatever might appeal to a lesbian readership. It was born on Gay Pride Day, June 27, 2010.

Day 12: Small Press Advent Calendar: WRITE BLOODY

day 12Poetry has long been a form that has provided a space for marginalised voices to make themselves heard, and both this next publisher and poet have done their fair share of amplifying the seldom heard. Behind door 12, we go over the pond to…

‘The Madness Vase’ by Andrea Gibson, Published by Write Bloody

Write Bloody are grass roots, DIY, boot strap believers who believe that great poetry and other forms of literature changes people for the better. Based in California, they publish and promote:

“4-12 tour savvy authors per year, and [their] authors are out there — in small record shops and large colleges, in strange theaters and swampy bars — doing readings all across Europe and the United States.”  

[And it’s true what they say, I caught Buddy Wakefield in Bangor, of all places!]

the madness vaseIf you like your poetry spoken with passion and full of raw emotion then you’ll love Andrea Gibson. The poems in ‘The Madness Vase’ by Andrea Gibson cover topics from hate crimes to playgrounds, from international conflict to hometowns, from falling in love to the desperation of loneliness. Throughout her career, Gibson’s poems have always been a call to social justice. But this collection “goes beyond awareness. Her images linger in our psyches and entreat us to action. They challenge us to grow into our own skin.” – Read more here.

To give you a sense of her work, here’s Andrea Gibson performing a longer version of the title poem, ‘The Madness Vase’. She explains that some of the motivation for the piece was the It Gets Better Project, a campaign that really reminds us of the power that words can have as people share their stories to make a difference to the lives of young L,G,B,T&Q people.

‘The Madness Vase’ is available to buy (in time for Christmas) from Amazon: £5.18 on Kindle or £9.00 paperback (or direct from Write Bloody if you’re in the US.)

Amazon also features a small preview of the book, where you can read a couple of the poems.

[Day 12 on the Poetry Advent Calendar is ‘Fog’ by Nick Jarvis – hey, that’s me!]

27th July – Gender Matters Summer Party – Wolverhampton

On Friday 27th July 2012, Gender Matters will be holding their fund raising Summer Party. In addition to what promises to be a delicious 3-course meal there will be entertainment from Chrisie Edkins, a trans celeb and model, ‘DJ Tony’ spinning his tunes, and myself doing some performance poetry. For more info: www.gender-matters.org.uk.

For tickets (£15) contact outreach@gender-matters.org.uk or 01902 744424 .

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.

LGBT Poetry Performance on Source FM

Source FMIn November 2010, I was invited to speak on Source FM about poetry and the process of writing, focusing in particular on lesbian, gay, bi and trans writers and experiences.

Here’s a poem recorded off the show…

‘Another Poem for Walt Whitman’