Stuff about the city where I live!
(Swearing appropriate to the tone of the verse)
Why the fuck did you nick my bike?
What have I ever done to you?
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
from the pamphlet Radical Chains: Sexuality and Class Politics, published in 1999.
On 30 April 1999, a nail-bomb killed three people and injured dozens more. It exploded in the Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street, the heart of gay Soho.
Janine will add some poetic entertainment to this fundraising quiz night, and will be promoting and selling the new Poetry on the Picket Line anthology.
Venue: New Cross Learning, 283 - 285 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AS
Venue: Finsbury Library
As part of Islington Council Libraries' 'Echoes of Hollowy Prison' series of events, Janine speaks about Minnie Lansbury, who spend six weeks in the prison as part of the successful fight against unfair rates, and who died just ten weeks after her release.
Event poster attached.
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?
Venue: Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE6 1LD