An anthology, a gig, ... details to follow.
by Janine Booth
A wise person once said that when there is a tragedy, a lot of poetry is written. The Grenfell Tower fire is no exception, as the new anthology, 'Poems for Grenfell Tower’ illustrates.
But the Grenfell Tower fire was not just a ‘tragedy’: it was an entirely avoidable mass killing, in which people died because they were working-class, in a building that had been clad in flammable material to save money and improve the view for its rich Kensington neighbours. Many of the poems in this book reflect that truth. It is an angry book as well as a sad one.
Poet Jason Pilley put together an anthology of poetry, printed 300 copies, and he and others gave them away on London's South Bank on a June Saturday while performing poetry.
Janine's poem, 'Turn Up The Heating' was included.
Respect for war dead is not proved
By the depth of bow you're showing
But by the mountains you have moved
To stop their numbers growing.
This poem was included in the anthology Poems for Jeremy Corbyn (Shoestring Press, 2016)
and published by the Daily Mirror in September 2016.
Venue: Bunker Theatre UK, 53a Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU
Spoken Word London celebrates its fifth anniversary by publishing an anthology of poems on the theme of 'anti-hate'. Two of Janine's poems are included - 'Real Rape' and 'Odd' - and Janine will be among the contributors giving a short performance at this launch event.
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
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.
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
Fifty poets have contributed to an anthology of poems in support of Jeremy Corbyn and the movement that is taking Labour towards opposing austerity, kicking out the Tories, implementing socialist politics and reconnecting with working-class people.
At this event, of them will read/perform, and you can buy this memorable collection of verse.