News & Upcoming Events

photo by Ajamu X

Where you can catch up on the latest news, upcoming readings, performances or publications (for more info click on the highlighted links): 

 

November 9th 2017The Complete Works, Diversity in UK Poetry Conference at Goldsmiths University. Disability and Diversity – 12:30-1.15pm. I’ll be reading with Miss Jacquai, Raisia Kabir and Saradha Soobrayen. BSL interpreters will be present.

November 9th 2017 – ‘I’ without guarantees. An evening of reading fiction, philosophical prose and poem from authors who make saying ‘I’ a ground for their experiments, who say ‘I’ without guarantees. ‘An “I” without guarantees!’ writes Ingeborg Bachmann, ‘what is the ‘I’, what could it be?’ Readings: Alice Hattrick Yvette Greslé Laura Oldfield Ford and myself. Afterword: Jessica Potter, Kristen Kreider and All. Upstairs at The Island Queen 87 Noel Road, London, N1 8HD. 6.30–8.30pm. FREE but Booking essential. Please RSVP.  info@copypress.co.uk

November 28th 2017 – After an inaugural event that packed Filmhouse, Who’s Your Dandy? returns with more off-the-wall, accessible and film-based artworks from Scotland and beyond. Equivalence, Sandra Alland’s live short story with film by Ania Urbanowska, receives a remount after sold-out shows at Transpose Barbican and Anatomy. Who’s Your Dandy? also features some of the most unique queer and trans shorts in English and sign languages, plus live performance from Myself and filmmaker Joao Trindade. Tickets £8/£6. The event will be BSL interpreted and/or subtitled, and audio described. Programmed by Cachín Cachán Cachunga! in association with Filmhouse. Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

 

May 30th 2017 – The launch of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, is a ground-breaking anthology examining UK disabled and D/deaf poetics. Packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos and audio recordings, it showcases a diversity of opinions and survival strategies for an ableist world. With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces, these poets refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives. Some of the poets featured are: Abi Palmer, Julie McNamara, Sandra Alland, Saradha Soobrayen, Raymond Antrobus & Myself

October 9th 2016 – Last month I had the pleasure of being interviewed by David Turner of Lunar Poetry Podcast. Subscribe on soundcloud or iTunes. David has worked tirelessly to bring poetry and especially poets that may be marginalised to the forefront. He’s one of the sparks that will ignite flames throughout… LISTEN HERE

November 26th 2016Transpose:Barbican 19:45 £15 (SOLD OUT) @ The Pit.  Curated by and featuring CN Lester, an influential singer-songwriter and activist, the Transpose series, now in its fifth year, arrives at the Barbican for the first time. Featuring spoken word, mixed media, original music and video art, it is raw, hard-hitting, sometimes funny and ultimately cathartic.  Alongside Lester as well as the wave-making Barbican Young Poet Travis Alabanza, Guardian columnist Juliet Jacques, Sandra Alland & myself. These performances will be BSL-interpreted

October 9th 2016– I’ll be making an appearance at the Swindon Poetry Festival. PARTY FINALE! with Domestic Cherry, DJ Bobby the Persuader and Costa First Book Prize Winner Jonathan Edwards. 14.30 -18.00. £7 @ The Sun Inn Pub, Marlborough Road. Swindon. SN3 6AA   **thanks to Hilda Sheehan for such lovely remarks on The Joshua Tales. 

July 6th 2016 – QUEER POETS ON TEACHING @ The Saison Poetry Library, Southbank Centre. Belvedere Road. Waterloo, Greater London SE1 8XX . starts 8pm. FREE. A panel of four queer UK poets discuss how identity and politics shapes their work. Betsy Warland, (Oscar of Between – A Memoir of Identity and Ideas); Olumide Popoola, this is not about sadness; the widely anthologized Maria Jastrzebska and myself. We’ll discuss teaching styles, influences and the ways queerness influences their writing and performance. The panel is followed by questions from the audience.

May 28th 2016 – THE SHUFFLE @ The Poetry Cafe 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX London.  Hosted by Hilda Sheehan along with other special guest Robert Peake, Emily Harrison, Anna-May Laugher, Cathy Dreyer, Stephen Daniels, and Seraphima Kennedy. £6/4 (concs)

December 10th 2015 – EPISODE: IN CONVERSATION I’ll be having an indepth conversation with Claudia Sarnthein at the BLYTH GALLERY Imperial College, Level 5, Sherfield Building, Exhibition Road, London. SW7 2AZ    7pm FREE

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November 9th 2015 – A little while ago I was asked to be a part of the anthology 52 LOVES edited by the passionate and dedicated Yolanda Christian. The good news is…it has arrived! Available from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle.

Twenty-nine writers & poets from around the world share their short stories and poems: one for each week. We are from Australia, Bermuda, China, France, Germany, [Guyana], India, Ireland, Malaysia, Spain, the UK, the USA and Zimbabwe / Angola. We embrace fantasy, literary fiction, chick lit, young adult, science fiction, poetry and prose poetry. 52 loves

November 14th 2015 – I’ll be performing at the Globe Road Poetry Festival. 2pm to 4.30pm. Free (booking required). The Octagon, Queen Mary Uni of London. Mile End Road E1 4NS. I’ll be sharing the stage with the other great writers Hannah Silva, WASP, Ross Sutherland, PoeTryMe and Theo Chiotis.

Fall 2015 – Stay tuned for the LGBT issue of SABLE that I’ve co-edited with Dorothea Smartt to be hitting a mobile/pad/laptop near you.

August 2015 to August 2016 – I performed at the GLITCH Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland in March 2015. After which the short video Womb Child (a collaboration between Joao Trindade, my mother Coralita Simons and myself) was selected to be a part of a touring programme that will visit Japan, the US, Germany and a few more countries over the coming year.

October 25th 2014 – I’ll be presenting a five minute collaboration with Hanna Silva at Camaradefest II – 100 poets/50 collaborations, Rich Mix. London. UK. 12noon – 10pm. FREE.

October 1st 2014Kadija Sesay and Friends are celebrating Poetry Month and i’ll be joining them to read work from my upcoming collection TURTLE MEN. Barbican Library, London. UK. 7pm. FREE (but booking tickets is recommended asap)

September 29th 2014 – I’ll be performing at the opening of Nicko Straniero’s exhibit  My Scary Friends. Cafe 1001, The Old Brewery, London. UK. E1 6QL. 6.30pm. FREE.

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September 19th & 22nd 2014 – I’ll be performing in Edinburgh, Scotland at the opening of SEEP II: Mirrors & Mire as well as facilitating a workshop ‘Riptide’.

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June/July 2014 – A beautiful collaboration with photo collector Aaron Schman for Paper Journal (page curatored by Joanna Cresswell)

June 28th 2014 – TRANSPOSE Rage&Pride Edition I’ll be performing at Hackney Attic. 270 mare St. E8 1HE. 7pm. £7. tickets available at www.picturehouses.co.uk 

June 25th 2014Glitter is a Gender will be queering the late nights at the Science Museum. 6.45pm – 10pm.  I’ll be presenting alongside fellow writers who have been selected for the upcoming anthology.

May 31st 2014– I’ll be performing at the ICA alongside the David Robilliard exhibit. 7pm. Free. (more info to be confirmed)

May 17th 2014WHO’S YOUR DANDY @the Film House in Edinburgh Curated by Sandra Alland. I’ll be sharing the stage with the talents of the They They Theys and Lake Montgomery

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March-April 2014 – Here’s my contribution to Sable Lit Mag: A short post on poet Kei Miller. Look out later in the year when I and Dorothea Smartt will be co-editing the LGBTQI issue.

May 10th 2014ARCHIVE OF THE NOWRich Mix, 34-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA. £tbc. Time tbc (afternoon). A sampling of my work across live performance as it incorporates sound and vision.

March 13th 2014 – TIME=CHANGE – Women’s History Month – espacio gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG. 6pm.

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February 26th 2014 – THAT’S SO GAY – The Crypt, St Gilles Church, Camberwell. SE5 8JT. 6.30pm. £1 (minimum donation) A fundraiser for LGBTQI Asylum Seekers. Also performing: K Anderson, Rosa Mojo, Marcus Reeves, Pascal O’laughlin & more.

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February 20th 2014 –  GET YOUR QUEER ART OVER HERE – Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston. E8 4AA – 7pm. FREE

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May 30th 2013 – Keat’s House Festival 

6.30pm-9pm- £5

In 2012 Poetry Parnassus gathered poets from every Olympic nation to read at the Southbank. In 2013 some of the Parnussus Poets will be reunited alongside British counterparts to present the history of the world through their stories and “found” poetry. There will be live calligraphy and music to make for a truly sumptuous event. Hosted by Anjan Saha. Countries represented to include St. Kitts, Grenada, India, UK and myself from Bermuda. Curated by London Literature Lounge.

January 24th 2013 – Cherry Smyth uses excerpts of my poems  ’78/’04 and Swallowing Shorelines in her article Queer Poetry by Definition 

Febraury 21st 2013 – Zorras and Scottish Transgender Alliance present Cachín Cachán Cachunga!‘s 4th anniversary at Mono, 12 King’s Court, Glasgow. Mono is fully wheelchair accessible, with an accessible toilet. BSL interpretation and film subtitles will be provided.

Featuring: AMPHIBIA, JAY BERNARD, EL DIA, TOM HARLOW, JO LONG, RUTH MARTIN, JULIE MCNAMARA, SALLY OUTEN, LOLA SPARKLE, ELIZABETH VELDON. Plus short films by DANDY F. & T.L. COWAN. Show followed by the trippy audiovisual performance of MANTAU & MICHAEL WELDON!

Hosted by ZORRAS and NATHAN GALE.

December 1st 2012In a Jar  @ New Write Nights, The Place Theatre (Bedford) 7:30pm.  A Theatrical collaboration between Guy Harries, Dorit Schwartz, Joao Trindade, Nicko Straniero and myself .

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September 22nd 2012 – New work features in this seasons online Cock No7 Magazine. Check it out HERE. Featuring Alan C. Smith, Sophie Mayer, Matthew Plumb, Joao Trindade and Angel Ito (Editor/Art Director/Artist)

September 6th 2012Ebb and Flow at the Mill, The River Lea Tidal Mill, London E3 3DU. With appearances by Nina Rapi, Ebele Ajogbe, Sifudo, and Will Kitson. 6.30pm. 8Pounds.

October 3rd 2012Southwark LGBT Network celebrates Black LGBT Month @ Woolfson & Tay Bookshop, 13 Bermondsey Square. 7pm. Free.

October 26th 2012 – Poetry & Sonic Youth @ Mascara Bar, Stamford Hill a great evening including readings by Rebecca Cremin, Nat Raha, Linus Slug and Chris McCabe. More info to follow…

July 31st 2012 – Wotever Sex HOT AUGUST FRINGE 7pm. I’ll be performing a work-in-progress The Gospel According to Bishop (which is part of a larger collaborative work with Guy Harries) check out the Teaser below:

June 24rd 2012 – Listen out for me with Dotun Adebayo at 9.35pm on BBC LONDON 94.9 Discussing my work and life in London.

July 5th & 6th 2012 – I’ve been invited to be a part of the Poetry Parnassus UK Tour, I’ll be reading in Derry (Northern Ireland) at the Verbal Arts Centre.  Watch this space, as soon as I know more I’ll post it.

June 26th- July 1st 2012Poetry Parnassus @ the Southbank Centre, London. I’m honoured to have been selected to represent Bermuda, alongside 203 other Olympic nations at what has been called the worlds largest gathering of internatinal poets. Featuring Wole Soyinka, Seamus Heaney,  John Agard and my frirend Saradha Soobrayen representing Mauritius. UPDATE: I’ll be reading with some fab Caribbean poets on June 30th in the White Room @ 5pm. FREE!

February 15th 2012 Speaking Out: Celebrating LGBT History Month @ Woolfson and Tay, 12 Bermondsey Square, SE1 3UN London. Also Featuring Booker-nominated author Paul Bailey, Author/Aerialist Will Davis, Filmmaker Campbell X, Writer/Publisher Helen Sandler, Artist Aliyahgator. FREE EVENT. 7pm.  Booking advised. 

November 19th 2011- AMPHIBIA @ Gfest 

The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8EH
Box office advance booking: http://www.wegottickets.com/f/2991 / £15 / 10 (cons.)

October 28th 2011AMPHIBIA  –  SOho sYnTAx @ LEON Restaurant on Old Compton St. 7pm- 11pm (9pm Amphibia kick off) FREE!

September 16th 2011– Chewstick, Bermuda, Neo-Griot Lounge – recording of the Live Stream Here

I’ll be performing CONTRABAND in this year’s Hot August Fringe Festival (along with Sue Frumin, CN Lester and the amazing Zorras) I love if you join me it will mark my first solo (somewhat) appearance in a veeery long time!

feat. Felix B and Images by Joao Trindade

  • Tuesday, August 23rd 2011
    Doors: 6 –Midnight, shows 7, 8:30, 10
    Entry: £7 / £5conc
    Venue: Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington lane, Vauxhall,
    SE11 5HY
    Buy your tickets in advance: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/


25/06/11

I’ll be performing some of my rare Erotic writings along with Kate Gresswell, Lysander Dove, Jacqueline Applebee and Matthew Stradling

Upstairs @ the Ritzy on Coldhabour Lane, Brixton.

7.30pm £5 (£4 conc)

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AMPHIBIA will play at GFEST

Saturday Nov 20th

@ The Cochrane Theatre 7:30pm

£15 / £10 (concs)
Book online here
Box Office 020 7269 1606

It promises to be an amazing night let alone an amazing week with Zorras and Marcus Reeves performing on the 19th


20/11/2010 – Amphibia has been accepted to be a part of GFest– keep an eye on this space for more info when it comes in.

25/09/2010 – My poem A Blue Note for Jim is published in on-line art journal Introducing Art: Boyfriend Material Issue 12

17/08/10 – If you’re in Edinburgh drop by I’ll be performing at  FACEPLANT – A SHOWCASE OF THE BRILLIANTLY UNPOPULAR. The Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo place. 8PM FREE


16/07/10 – Ahhhh… I’ll be reading Upstairs @ Ritzy – Coldharbour Lane, Brixton – A Night of Queer Erotica 8pm. £5/£4 conc/£3 Ritzy Members

08/07/10 – I’ll be Performing with Amphibia and sitting on one of the Panels @ BRAND: Text in Context at the Southbank Centre.  Read more about it and book tickets HERE

04/04/10Amphibia performs @SpredLuv‘Round 5 o’clock – Lockside Lounge, Camden. 7pm.

30/03/10Amphibia takes to the BAR WOTEVER stage at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. it’s FREE. Come, it’s always a great Wotever Tuesday Night!! 6pm- midnight

26/03/10 – I’ll be reading from The Joshua Tales at the University of Greenwich with Michael Kindellan, Tim Atkins, and Sean Bonney.

16/03/10 – I’ll be reading at Cachin Cachan Cachunga in Edinburgh along with Hamish MacDonald, DJ Supernowoczensa, Lily and Zorras. Click on the above link to find out more…

27/02/10Joao Trindade has come on board our Amphibia Trip- He’s agreed to design/construct our set for debris.debris at the Modern Music Hall III, as well as let us use some of his stunning images. Click on his name above to find out more.

27/02/10- AMpHiBIa – Performing at the Modern Music Hall III

Date:
Saturday, 27 February 2010
Time:
19:30 – 23:00
Location:
Conway Hall
Street:
25 Red Lion Square, Holborn

03/02/10 – Check out my poem in INTRODUCING Issue 8

30/12/09Sophie Mayer (Her Various Scapels) included The Joshua Tales as one of her favourite collections of 2009. Thank you Sophie, what an honour!

01/12/09 – The Joshua Tales has gone into its second printing!! Just in time for your Christmas stockings Order Now

14/11/09 – I’ll be reading at The Salon excerpts from The Joshua Tales and from my work-in-progress Turtlemen.  It’s free and starts around 8pm but as The Salon is in an undisclosed intimate location (someone’s comfortable living room) I can’t let you know where until closer to the date. but click HERE to check out their website, and click –> POEMS to see which ones I performed.

07/11/09 – Check out my article in INTRODUCING‘s BLOW UP issue – The Politics of Sexual Secrets.

06/11/09The Joshua Tales are almost sold out in the UK (less than Ten left). However there are copies left at the Bermuda Bookstore, Hamilton Bermuda.

06/10/09CHECK OUT AMPHIBIA PAGE– new videos uploaded!

02/10/09 – I was interviewed By Chris Spenser of the Mid-Ocean News…Read it HERE 19/11/2009 – I, along with Beatnik Rubaine and Suzanne Mayall, will be receiving the Founders Award for Spoken Word. I won’t be there to accept the award personally but I’m sure my mom will give them a show. The Bermuda Arts Council is acknowledging our contribution to spoken word through our founding of Bermuda’s first uncensored open-mic evening FLOW Sundays in 1997. It not only helped shape Bermuda’s literary scene but was also a main catalyst for the Bermudian Art revolution in the late 90’s.  Held in Coconut Rock in Hamilton, it very quickly became a meeting place for the islands contemporary fine artist,  musicians,  dancers, thespians and of course writers. Though FLOW was the first it isn’t the last and Spoken Word and live music have since flourished in Nenu Letu which closed in 2002 and Chewstick which carries the torch brightly and passionately today.

23/10/09Andra Simons and Shaun Levin will be Launching and reading from The Joshua Tales and Snapshots of the Boy at Gay’s the Word, 66 Marchmont Street, London. WC1N 1AB @ 7pm 27/09/09 – Treehouse Press will Be Launching Snapshots of the Boy andThe Joshua Tales at Published or Be Damned at Oxford House,  3-8pm. Come on down and meet Shaun and Andra on the 27th of September. (Stay tuned the rumours that there may be a Gay’s the word Reading and Book signing)

17/9/09   The Joshua Tales is available to order NOW.  Click on the picture to whisk you away to PayPalCover_Joshua 4/9/09  GOOD NEWS! It’s been ten years in the making… I’m about 3 weeks away from holding my first copy of The Joshua Tales. I’m excited to share Joshua with the world. Over the last decade I let Joshua out for a few readings and many of you have asked when? when? when? will I unleash him on the world, well here he is.  It will be published by Treehouse Press at £9 a copy also featuring the prints by Kendra Ezekiel which were originally shown at the ‘Wavelengths’ Exhibit 2001 (Dockyard Arts Centre BDA).How will you be able to get one… stay tuned!

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