An anthology, a gig, ... details to follow.
Mine, and occasionally others'.
Ranting, rhyming and revolting my way through another year.
It's easier to
Weaponise a weapon that's
Janine joins this stellar line-up to bring some poetic culture to a day of feminist punk and stuff.
14 Sept 2019 at London’s Dome and Boston Music Room looks set to see the biggest (and best?) LOUD WOMEN Fest yet! Here’s the news we’ve been dying to tell you for months … our final* lineup, in no particular order …
Janine will be reading extracts and poems from her book 'The Big J vs The Big C: issues, experiences and poems in the battle against breast cancer' at this community poetry event with coffee and cake in the beautiful Forest of Dean.
Venue: Lewes Town Hall
When workers leave their homes to graft
by muscle or by brain
The least they need is safety from
the dangers and the strain
So those who wave their loved ones off
can wave them home again
Flowers will lie beside the line
where working people fell
For those who keep our railways safe -
they must be safe as well
It wasn't the Stonewall focus group
or the Stonewall business case
It wasn't the Stonewall let's-present-
Long years of asking nicely had not
got us anywhere
Our rulers did not hear us when
we whispered: it's not fair
So when re-writers try to say
we won by being quiet
Remind them of our history -
that Stonewall was a riot
Inside a cell three-walled in fears
kept separated from their peers
A throwback to the Dickens years
the pride and joy of Wackford Squeers
Victorian values raw in tooth
So Tories, damn you - ban the booth!
Every year we send our tribunes
to knock upon the golden door
and take our just demands there with them -
place our claim, our case for more
The masters let them ask and close
their eyes and sigh that times are tough -
They can't afford to share with those
who made their wealth; there's not enough