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Royal Babylon: A Celebration Against the Monarchy

21/04/2016 - 19:00

At Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX London

Housmans Bookshop commiserates another royal anniversary with Heathcote Williams reading from his long-form prose-poem ‘Royal Babylon’ and acclaimed lefty performance poet Janine Booth.

A representative of Republic, the campaign against the monarchy, will also discuss the case for entering the 21st century.

Ode to a Second Royal Pregnancy

It is incumbent on poets to compose verse to mark royal occasions. So here is my effort concerning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's announcement that one is expecting:

Radio Four is deeply concerned
The lady next door has recently learned
The worrying news that she's pregnant again
How will she cope with the stress and the strain?

Away In A Palace

Written for Prince George, then still a foetus, in 2012 - to the tune of Away In A Manger:

It won’t need a manger,
a crib or a bed
For the new royal baby
to lay down its crowned head

The stars and the tyrants
will come and give praise
The little future monarch
whose patronage pays

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