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London Olympics 2012 – “Going for Gold”

I wrote this for the London Olympics, and it was also filmed by the BBC and used as a trailer in the run up to the Games!


This is a poem about a place


About the people who live in it.

This is a poem about pride and passion.


Ours is a landscape of sea, saltmarsh and open sky.

We harvest the land and sea, as did our forbears,

Sailors, sea captains, pirates, adventurers,

Our history is soil-and salt-coated.


We understand teamwork – hard work,

Tenacity and endeavour,

We are singers of sea shanties, dreamers,

Athletes of life.


We will be listening to the London Olympics,

As we patiently wait for the tide to turn.

As we proudly dress our Norfolk crabs.

Hearing you struggle to be the best.


We will be watching the London Olympics,

On television, at home and in the pub.

Watching you push yourselves to the limit

For yourself, for Britain, for us…


Going For Gold!



Ex actress, ex long-haul traveller Trudy Howson’s poetry explores landscapes, internal and external. She writes about the landscape of the LGBT community with warmth and humour. Her work is topical and inspirational. She is currently developing a living interactive form of poetry.

Trudy has performed her poetry in pubs, clubs, theatres, fields and forests. On Boats, Buses, Local and National Radio and TV. She has performed extensively in India, South East Asia and Burma

Her poetry has been published in The Telegraph, The Times, and The London Review, as well as numerous magazines and online publications.

Trudy wrote a living-interactive poem for The London Olympics called “Going for Gold” which the BBC filmed and used as a trailer in the run up to the event.

For the last 3 years Trudy has been performing her work and hosting INCITE@The Phoenix, a popular monthly LGBT poetry event in an iconic theatrical venue in the West End.                            


Sky TV               “What’s Up” Culture Show
British Library         Poetry of the LGBT Poet Laureate recorded for posterity in Dec 2016
Pride:    London, Isle of Wight, San Francisco, Hastings, Stoke-on-Trent
Incite@The Phoenix: 3 yr residency, Phoenix Artist Club WC2
Library Club            Camp Confidential Cabaret Show
National Trust:        London and East Sussex
Polari             Gay Literary Salon on the Southbank
Bloomsbury Festival                2017 & 2018
Tate Modern                  Love Happens Here
St Paul’s Cathedral Poem for launch of ‘No to Hate Crime Week’
Channel 4               “Homes by the Sea” Beach hut Poetry
“Together”               Film for LGBT History Month
“Schwule”               International Holocaust Day
Raise The Bar          Soho
L’ Escargot             Soho
Vauxhall Tavern       South London
Two Brewers           South London
Out in Brighton        Radio
“Banned!”               Brighton Town Hall/Library
Roundhouse             Radio Queer Quips
The L Word           The Poetry Café, WC2
Russia With Love   Ku Bar, WC1 / ITN News
The Outlaws                     London/Norfolk various venues
Kino Teatro              Hastings
De La Warr Pavilion       Secret Screening – film shorts and poetry
LGBT History Month:              Bristol, Leeds, Bolton Museums
Launch of Gay UK



This inaugural post was devised by Camden LGBT Forum to promote LGBT poetry in London and the UK. The name of the first LGBT Poet Laureate will be formally announced during LGBT History Month, February 2016.

Camden LGBT Forum is a charity that supports local LGBT residents. The Arts is a powerful tool we use to celebrate diversity and promote cohesion amongst our communities. During the last six years our “INCITE” Poetry event has been paving the way for LGBT talent to foster positive change through spoken and written word.

The recipient of the title, “First LGBT Poet Laureate” is Trudy Howson. The term of the appointment is for three years. During this period she will be expected to.

Write poems for nationally and internationally recognised LGBT days and events.

Write, perform and promote poetry that reflects and celebrates the very diverse experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people within our society

Raise the profile and accessibility of LGBT poetry

The LGBT Poet Laureate’s poetry will:

Portray the lives and experiences of the LGBT community

Celebrate our style and culture.

Support LGBT people who feel isolated and marginalized within our society

Encourage within our community a sense of self respect and pride

Raise a greater public awareness of the LGBT community

Encourage LGBT people of all ages, nationalities and types, to read, write, watch and listen to poetry.

CONTACT: Camden LGBT Forum 020 7388 5720 camdenlgbtforum.org.uk

Facebook: INCITE Poetry