Word and Image: exploring the interplay of poetry & art

Sometimes things just fall into your lap and you have to pay homage to the synchronicity. Last week, I was trawling Theresa May’s twitter feed for language to subvert. In doing so, I came across this gem – which speaks for itself – and tidily introduces this week’s theme: Word and Image. If I could … Continue reading Word and Image: exploring the interplay of poetry & art

Freedom and Form

Robert Hayden’s Powerful Poem On Race in the USA In thinking about how form can be manipulated to serve a poem’s meaning, I remembered Robert Hayden’s poem, ‘Frederick Douglas’. This poem ruminates over the freedoms African Americans are yet to receive in America (published in 1966). A 14 line poem with a rhetorical turn and … Continue reading Freedom and Form

Reading as Resistance, Dancing As Therapeutic Rebellion

Looking at the mesmeric poetry of Ocean Vuong & Kayo Chingonyi Last week, I had the privilege of attending a reading by Ocean Vuong and Kayo Chingonyi – two beautifully tender and adept poets. Before reading from his debut collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Ocean spoke a little about reading poetry as an act … Continue reading Reading as Resistance, Dancing As Therapeutic Rebellion

Music & Protest: A Playlist of Songs About Self-Determination & Freedom

Music is pretty much the beginning of everything for me – whether it’s writing a poem, getting out of bed or cooking a meal – it is my consistent catalyst. So a playlist felt like the only way to kick off this residency. ‘Hold Up Magna Carta’ is a collation of 15 songs that made … Continue reading Music & Protest: A Playlist of Songs About Self-Determination & Freedom

School Of Gentle Protest // Week 6: Careful Protest

  This week we are focusing on ‘Careful Protest’ as a vital part of the activism toolkit; not to replace other forms of protest but to help strengthen campaigns. It’s about being caring towards everyone we interact with in our protests, from the victims to the perpetrators (and everyone in between). And also being careful … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 6: Careful Protest

School Of Gentle Protest // Week 5: Intriguing Protest

    A message from Headteacher Corbett: “In order to be convincing, in order to be persuasive, we have to be… intriguing.” Says Fashion Designer, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution and this week’s Visiting Professor, Orsola De Castro. This week in the School of Gentle Protest we are looking at ‘Intriguing Protest’ as … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 5: Intriguing Protest

School Of Gentle Protest // Week 4: Quiet Protest

    “It’s not always those who shout the loudest who get the prizes in life.” Says Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction UK the incredible shareholder activism charity. This week in the School of Gentle Protest we are looking at ‘Quiet Protest’ as a vital part of the activism toolkit, not to replace louder … Continue reading School Of Gentle Protest // Week 4: Quiet Protest

Quiet Activism: Building the Structures that Create Real Change

Learning how to adapt your activism to suit your needs and achieve the greatest impact If you have followed the School of Gentle Protest over the last three weeks, you will know that activism doesn’t have to be loud and angry in order to be effective. There is no one true way of being an … Continue reading Quiet Activism: Building the Structures that Create Real Change