In collaboration with the National Trust, I launched an exhibition exploring the lives, loves and legends that were the Smallhythe Trio – Edith Craig, Christopher St John, and Clare Atwood. The event – which ran from 10-11 June 2017 in Smallhythe Place, residence of Edith Craig’s mother, actress Ellen Terry, explored the trio’s unconventional lives and relationships, and compared and contrasted the experiences of women then and now.
My poems for the event included: The Smallhythe Trio and Three Ladies
I have also been invited to create a similar event for the National Trust next year
This project is part of an ongoing theme that I want to develop throughout my three year tenure as LGBT Poet Laureate.
“Poetry as a means to Power Social & Cultural Change”
I wrote the poem for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. (#NHCAW) organised by Stop Hate Crime UK.
I performed it at the launch of this National Campaign on the 8th October at St Paul’s Cathedral, when the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando was lit. The focus this year was on remembering all those we lost and those affected by that and other awful attacks on our communities.
17-24-30 also put up my poem, Response to Orlando, on their website
Hatred Hurts Us All.
I’ll be performing poetry at the launch of the London Metropolitan Archives project about LGBTQ Londoners.
The project features a collection of oral histories and documents about the lives and experience, past and present of the LGBTQ community in London.