About sixteen years ago, my local Labour council was making cuts to services, attacking its workers’ pay and conditions, and closing my son’s nursery. I and others campaigned against these cuts. I got into an exchange of letters with the Labour whip in the pages of the local newspaper.
Stuff about the city where I live!
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.
Janine will be giving the first and possibly only performance of her as-yet unpublished long poem 'A Tale of Two Cities (The Rich and the Towerful)' about the Grenfell Tower fire.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
Venue: 10th Floor restaurant, London Underground Ltd HQ, 55 Broadway. Open to TfL / London Underground staff.
Janine will give a presentation about the social model of disability as applied to autism, and explain the role of the Trade Unions. (15:00-15:30)
After this and other speakers, Janine will take part in a panel Q&A session (15:30-16:00)
Janine gave this talk at 'East End Women Take Action', an event held on 24 September 2016, organised by the East End Women's Museum.
Rhyming in support of cinema workers fighting for a living wage, better working conditions and union recognition.
Text of the George Lansbury Memorial Lecture, given on 16 November 2016 at Queen Mary University, London.
The magazine that was enlightened enough to commend one of Janine's poems in its competition launches its latest issue, packed with poems about London, featuring contributions from poets including Janine.
Venue: City Lit theatre, Covent Garden.
We've cancelled Night Of The Living Dead
To show Day Of The Living Wage instead
On strike because Honey, I Shrunk Their Wage
They've Anger at Management, they're showing Rage
When they Walk The Line, they mean the picket
It's Independence Day and It's just Not Cricket
No Terms Of Endearment, but terms and conditions
No Western Union, they want union recognition