The #HumansOfCov commission that I created with Brian Harley for Coventry 2021 is now live! This project was really interesting to work on. I knew immediately that I wanted to write a poem celebrating volunteering, but not shying away from the fact that it has been used as a political tool in these times of austerity and funding cuts. I feel very strongly that volunteering is a good thing, but there are valid reasons why some roles should always be paid and that volunteers deserve proper management and appreciation. I hope my passion comes out in the poem. I'm looking forward to getting this out there. Last night I saw / heard the work of some of the other poets who have been commissioned an

Leopard Dreams at the Herbert

Leopard Dreams at the Herbert Check out this vid of me being an incredibly serious red panda in the wonderful 'Wildlife Photographer of the Year' exhibition at the Herbert. More of these throughout the next few months. I've had some interesting conversations about the little-p-politics of the exhibition. None of the winning entries was taken on a camera costing unded £4000 and most of the photographers are male (because women and girls want to stay safe and therefore often avoid wandering off into the bush / forest / airport alone? Because women shoulder the responsibilities of family? Because women are less likely to have financial freedom? I'll let you decide) Note to self: smile!!!! 😉

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