Our new project is our most ambitious to date and underlines our core aim when it comes to social and political issues. The ‘Disarm Hate x Poetry’ project has seen us commission 16 of the world’s leading LGBTQ poets to respond to the ‘Disarm Hate‘ documentary. The resulting album will be released digitally on 12 June, which marks five years since the Orlando massacre.

The poems will be interspersed with interview excerpts from the documentary, which feature on Ralph Stevens’ soundtrack album. We’ve worked in partnership with Rugged Entertainment in LA to create this as an official response to the documentary and are immensely proud and honoured to have been given this opportunity.

The album, entitled ‘We Will Keep On‘, will also be released on 2LP gatefold vinyl later in the summer. Both the vinyl and digital release are available to pre-order here. And thanks to some funding from Arts Council England, we’re able to split the profits between Contigo Fund in Florida and Stonewall UK. It’s vital to us that as much of this project as possible goes back into the LGBTQ community.

Our 16 poets are: Afshan D’souza LodhiAndrés Nicolás OrdoricaAndrew McMillanAntonia Jade KingBuddy WakefieldDean AttaElla OtomewoEmanuel XavierJoelle TaylorKay Ulanday BarrettKeith Jarrettlisa luxxOli SpleenOllie O’NeillPatrizia Longhitano, and Reece Lyons.

The ‘Disarm Hate x Poetry’ project

We’ll be hosting some free virtual workshops with poets featured on the album and also inviting public submissions in both audio and written form. More information on these will be announced later this week. For now, you can read more about the project in my latest The State of The Arts column.

The Orlando massacre sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ community. We wanted this album to represent a cross-section of that community and to hopefully provide a valuable contribution to the dialogue. It’s a major landmark for LGBTQ people around the globe and we’re overwhelmed by our poets’ final pieces.

A huge thank you to everybody that’s helped to make this a reality. Stay tuned for more…

Since the beginning of May 2020, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Up next, we welcome Otis Mensah! Otis is a writer and performing artist with an alternative take on Hip-Hop music and abstract poetry. Focusing on art as a means of documenting journeys of introspection, Otis’ work aims to demonstrate the personal and political power of vulnerable expression.

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Insta sessions #44: Otis Mensah on Tuesday 11 May

This session will be hosted by Matt Abbott. Our previous sessions are available to stream back in full on our Facebook page, YouTube channel and IGTV channel. Find more information and share the event over on Facebook. Our recent session with Penny Pepper is available to view below.

Insta sessions #43: Patrizia Longhitano

Since the beginning of May 2020, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Up next, we welcome Patrizia Longhitano! Patrizia was born in Brazil but for most of her life, she lived in Italy with her adoptive parents until 2005 when she decided to move to the UK. Since then, she has been living in London working as a nanny.

Some of her poems have appeared in Painted Spoken, Harana Poetry Magazine, the Un Nuevo Sol anthology, The Rialto Magazine, and The South Bank Poetry Magazine.

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Insta sessions #43: Patrizia Longhitano on Tuesday 4 May
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Since the beginning of May 2020, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Up next, we welcome Cat Hepburn! Cat is an award-winning spoken word artist and scriptwriter from Scotland. Her new collection ‘Dating & Other Hobbies‘ is being published by Burning Eye Books on Thursday. Cat co-runs and co-hosts the acclaimed Sonnet Youth night and has featured on BBC Radio 6Music and STV as well as at Edinburgh Fringe..

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Insta sessions #42: Cat Hepburn on Tuesday 27 April
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Since the beginning of May 2020, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Up next, we welcome Liam Xavier! Liam is a British-Caribbean writer, theatremaker and producer based in London. Liam’s second collection of poetry ‘Welcome To Hell’ was released June 2020 and was an Amazon Bestseller. He is currently writing his third book ‘How Love Begins’ which releases September 2021.

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Insta sessions #41: Liam Xavier on Tuesday 20 April
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This could well be our final episode of Roaring 20s Radio recorded remotely in isolation. Fingers crossed, anyway! After a full year away from the studio, we brought you a one-off Sunday session with all of the usual round-ups and features. It should be available wherever you usually listen to podcasts, but if not, it’s on our Anchor.fm page.

Roaring 20 Radio episode 17 available as a podcast

Since the beginning of May 2020, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Up next, we welcome Penny Pepper! Penny is an acclaimed author, poet, performer and disabled activist. A genre-defying and versatile writer, her work focuses on the examination of difference, class, inequality and identity. She tells stories we haven’t heard, making others see life differently – always with humour and wisdom.

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Insta sessions #40: Penny Pepper on Tuesday 13 April
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Since the beginning of May 2020, we’ve been hosting weekly Insta sessions with guests from all over the UK and further afield. These relaxed 30-minute sessions blend performance with insightful conversations from leading and emerging poets.

Up next, we welcome Charlotte Lunn! Charlotte is a poet, bookseller, and workshop facilitator living with chronic illness. After completing her Creative Writing degree at The University of Derby, she became the Events Co-ordinator at Scarthin Books and has regularly reviewed literature for BBC Radio Derby.

She recently became a guest poetry facilitator with Derbyshire Writing School and also offers editing and mentoring services. Her début poetry collection ‘Metamorphosis‘ is due for publication with Verve Poetry Press in May 2021 and explores abuse, mental health and recovery.

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Insta sessions #39: Charlotte Lunn on Tuesday 6 April
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