Thank you to Josh from Ham & High for heralding in the anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act with this piece on my performance at the Town Hall, 27th July 2017.
I was interviewed by the lovely Clare Lynch for Soho Society Hour on Soho Radio on 29 June, 2017, during which I also performed some poetry, recorded below. The full interview can be found here: https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-soho-society-hour-29062017/
I’ve been featured in QX Magazine, which also shows off Camp Confidential – read the full article here: http://www.qxmagazine.com/2017/06/hang-lgbt-poet-laureate-camp-confidential/
Tickets for Camp Confidential are still on sale! Buy them on Eventbrite.
THE WAY THEY WERE
There is danger in dark places
For men like us, there are no spaces
Where we can be proud, where we can be free
Where I can love you and you, can love me
We know how great the risk would be
We’d be ostracized by society
Our lives & careers would be ruined of course
By blackmail, prosecution, threats or force
Because of that we play the game
Of love that dare not speak its name
My problem is when I hear your voice
My spirit doth lift and my heart rejoice
My flesh is weak, but my spirit strong
I know in my heart it is not wrong
For man to love man, and boy to love boy
To share love and respect, happiness and joy
Who are you to say to me?
“I know all about your sexuality”
Just because of things you’ve read
You think you can see inside my head
This attitude just makes me rage
I’m not just a statistic on a page
In your little box I do not fit
Binary sexuality? I don’t give a shit
Don’t you see? It’s much too tight
Society’s expectations just aren’t right
Let’s push the boundaries, make them wide
Then no one needs to feel frightened or hide
You want to know what’s real for me?
Being an individual, being free.
Choosing who and how I am
Exploring the spectrum of woman and man
I’d just like to say to you
That I’m the one who knows what’s true
The important thing is respect and caring
When heart and mind and body sharing