Housing

Why is a safe place to sleep not a basic human right? Because capitalism will only let you have a house if you pay for it and not everyone can pay for it. Poems and articles about housing and homelessness.

The Ballad of Gibbons Corner

Since Eighteen Ninety
In all of its finery
Stood Gibbons the furniture sellers
London’s last such attraction
With cash-only transaction
Until plastic caught up with the fellas

They eventually gave in
To modernity’s whim
With a sign saying ‘We accept Visa’
Through bombings and raids
Gibbons still stayed
Hackney’s very own Tower of Pisa

Poets Versus Homelessness

Poets Versus
07/03/2019 - 19:30

Janine joins an array of other poets in an event to support campaigning against homelessness and to raise money for Crisis.

You will also be able to buy the Poets Versus Homelessness anthology, including some of Janine's poems.

Who Do You Blame?

Those who fought it
or those who caused it?

Those who saved sixty-five
or those who cost seventy-two?

Those who did not know the tower was clad in torchwood
or those who chose that cladding because it was cheaper?

Those whose chosen job is to walk into burning buildings to save life
or those whose careers are built on making money by cutting corners?

RMT event: Poems for Grenfell Tower

14/06/2018 - 19:30

RMT invites its members (and their guests) to join us at our National Education Centre to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Fire. We will be hearing from poets who have contributed to 'Poems for Grenfell Tower', an anthology that expresses not just mourning for the victims but anger at the causes and solidarity with the ongoing struggle for justice.

Launch of Grenfell Tower poetry anthology

27/04/2018 - 19:00

Janine is one of fifty poets who has contributed to this anthology of verse about the Grenfell Tower fire.

Join us at this launch event. Venue: Seven Dials Club, 42 Earlham St, WC2H 9LA.

Poets reading their work: Pat Winslow, Tom McColl, George Szirtes, Neil Reeder, Andrew Dixon, S.O. Fasrus, Peter A. Kelly, Gillian Laker, Caroline Maldonado, Janine Booth, Kevin Higgins, Nick Moss, Myra Schneider, Lindy Newns

Voices from Grenfell

07/12/2017 - 18:30

Join Second Home and Words of Colour Productions for an evening in recognition of the tragedy of Grenfell Tower.

There will be a screening On the Ground at Grenfell - which won the Portobello Film Festival 2017 Best Film Award - and hosting a discussion with filmmaker Adrianne McKenzie.

7-Minute Itch

28/11/2017 - 19:00

Janine will be giving the first and possibly only performance of her as-yet unpublished long poem 'A Tale of Two Cities (The Rich and the Towerful)' about the Grenfell Tower fire.

Plenty of other poets and performers will be doing their thing, at an evening devoted to longer spiels than we rhymesters usually do.

Venue: Rehab Hackney, 271 Well Street, London E9 6RG 

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