Monthly Archives: September 2012

Extinguishing Flames – “We Fight”, Shake the Dust 7/7 Finals version

As the flame is extinguished and the London 2012 Parade marks the end of the Olympics/ Paralympics, I’m reminded of these resonant words from four young poets addressing the Olympic theme of truce:

As soon as the games end,
false friendship no longer remains…
… will we extinguish the Iraqi, Afghani, Libyan flames…?

Children in the Niger Delta look on at a Shell gas flare. © Elaine Gilligan / Friends of the Earth

Video footage of the Shake the Dust finals has yet to surface so in the meantime here’s the full written version of “We Fight” performed on the 7th July at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank.


by Yorkshire Slam Team 2012 (Chloe, Nathaniel, Stan, Abena)


We fight,
We fight for freedom,
For belief,
To protect our sacred soil

We manufacture your society
Clones not citizens have risen
We call it politics…
others call it terrorism Continue reading

Artists in Mind 10th Birthday/ Write Stuff #3 launch

Congratulations to Artists in Mind (AiM) celebrating their 10th Birthday tomorrow.

This pioneering radical arts charity has been providing creative sancturies for individuals experiencing acute and enduring mental ill health in the Huddersfield community and wider afield for over a decade.

The founder John Holt’s maxim provides AiM’s guiding directive:
Creativity is the immune system of the mind and the source of the mythic“.

Over the past five years I have been fortunate enough to work with John and the inspiring AiM artists on a number of projects (such as the book, art exhibition, and live performance of Re-Membering: A Creative Journey to Wholeness) and a forthcoming book featuring collected writings, film and artworks addressing the stigma of mental health is in development.

Tomorrow also sees the launch of the third anthology from the I aM Poets featuring poetry and prose developed in the Write Stuff creative writing sessions 2011-2012. You can get hold of this limited edition collection by contacting AiM and you can also visit the AiM studios 11am to 5pm Saturday 8th until Sunday 9th September as part of the HOST– Artist Open Studio Trail.

The Write Stuff #3