Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Migrant xMas

International Migrants Day yesterday.
The last shopping day before Christmas for “free” delivery on evil non-tax-paying Amazon today.
These things are not un-related


Xmas card based on Saved By Shopping poem, 2006.

UK Border agency alternativechristmas card

A spoof of the 2010 UK Border Agency Xmas card Continue reading

Voices that Shake! has a lot to shout about

Verse In Dialog

shake flyerShake! arts and activism project has just  recently landed ACE funding for two years to continue its works!!
In 2010 Shake launched as a pilot and the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford. Eric Soul, Zena Edwards, Ed Lewis, Simon Murray and Ana Tovey were acting facilitators using Film, DJ-ing and Music as well as the spoken and written word to creatively raise awareness around the murder of Stephen Lawrence and the eco-struggles of writer and activis Ken Saro-Wiwa.

The funding news is brilliant and  for a year, while ©ViD has be project consulting with Platform of London, some of its young people had  been invited as young delegates to The Rebellious Media Conference, developed the Britain on Trial project and had gifted Doreen Lawrence with a framed poetry piece that she had made a personal request for at a Shake fundraiser in 2011.

Roll on February 2013 and…

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Mapping Slamming UK Migrant Justice Weekend

Couple of related events happening this weekend.

First up: Leeds Black Film Club showing Maafa Legacy tonight; then following on from the Virtual Migrants Crude Killings event last week I’ve been invited to take part in another migrant justice themed extravaganza this weekend: Cartographies of Justice at Liverpool Hope University.

This event will also feature a Migrant Story Slam which includes Leeds Young Authors alumni poet/playwright Zodwa Nyoni among other slammers.

Cartographies of justice flyer

Cartographies will also feature a communal “migrant feast” which comes with a caution from bell hooks:

Within commodity culture, ethnicity becomes spice, seasoning that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture.


And speaking of LYA and London – if you’re in the big smog on Sunday and haven’t yet seen it – and even if you have seen it – check We Are Poets pon the ICA big screen at a special screening with live performances from LYA film stars Kadish Morris and Rheima ‘Mimz’ Robinson and introduced by BBC Three’s Revoltion Will not Be Televised star, Jolyon Rubinstein.

I’ll have to unfortunately miss this leg of the Slammming Mapping weekend as it’s the final week in the inspiring and deeply informative Pan Afrikan Reparations course – led by Esther Stanford and with course participants ranging from Akala, Zena Edwards and Charles Wainaina (Mau Mau justice freedom fighter). Pow.

If that’s still not enough – head back oop north sharpish from that there Larndarn (preferrably on some as yet not invented eco-speed-transport) and you’ll be able to catch the 9th Annual Lyrikal Art Attack and Yah Get Mi Under 13’s poetry slam.

Pow. Pow. Pow. And rest and breathe…