Yesterday I was invited to perform at National Poetry Day Live at The Southbank Centre. The artist and illustrator Chris Riddell drew these amazing pieces live on screen whilst I performed my poems. Chris Riddell is brilliant, he is the Children's Laureate and award winning political cartoonist for the Observer, look at more of his work here: http://www.chrisriddell.co.uk
I read three poems: TITANIC and DIE WASP and a this new piece written especially for the day YOU'RE A CITIZEN OF NOWHERE in response to PM Theresa May saying 'If you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere' in her speech this week. A line so sinister, threatening and dark, it rings in my head even now typing this.
As my friend the brilliant poet Jo Bell has said on her Facebook, now is the time to MAKE SOME NOISE. Now is not the time to say I'm alright jack and sit pretty and say nothing. It is time to speak up and make some noise, this poem is me making some noise!!
Gorgeous live performances of both DIE WASP and TITANIC are featured on my new album LIVEwire which is released TODAY with Nymphs and Thugs, available on CD, vinyl and digital download here: https://nymphsandthugs.bandcamp.com
This weekend I'm performing at Cheltenham Lit Festival. I will have 50 limited editions of LIVEwire there, please come and find me at the bar to get your signed copy and to help me celebrate!
TITANIC a poem about the humanitarian crisis we are all facing is on the BBC i-player this month as part of a new poetry season on BBC. 'We Belong Here' on your telly here: http://www.bbc.co.uk
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