Indigo eyes of the exterminating angel
Forewarn of potential danger
A wreath of barbs in the tear garden
Create a fiendish tangle
Her grimy soul in isolation
Catches rain within her hands
Weeping song drips through her fingers
And sings a note of salvation
Pity their ignorance in the joy of diversity
Forgive their joy in the pursuit of bigotry
Refuse to kow tow to conformity
The Reaper will have her revenge.
This is a new piece of artwork by Richard Jefferies in his Goth on My Keyboard series.
After contributing poems responding to Richard’s wonderful character for his Goth on My Keyboard charity book, Richard produced a new image for a reading I gave at a Seasonally Effected evening. The result was the Reaper poem above, which doesn’t appear in the book.
If you’d like to contribute to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, you can find a link to the book in my original blog post here, which gives you more information on the charity.
SMEs, charities and community groups today require a digital mindset if not to be left behind by the competition.
Everyone is on the internet nowadays, aren’t they? Open 24/7, 365 days a year, it’s hard to avoid.
But you’ve been putting off creating your own on-line presence. Why? Time? Money? You don’t see the point of social media – why would you want to know what other people had for breakfast? Trust me, it’s so much more than that!
Medway artist Christopher Sacre is setting out on one of his biggest challenges yet – cycling to Paris from London in aid of the disability arts lead charity Shape Arts.
Having established himself on the arts scene locally, Chris’ big breakthrough came in October 2010, after discovering a happy marriage between condoms and plaster. ‘See what this man gave birth to after using 2000 condoms in 22 days’ is an extraordinary installation of 2000 of his plaster ‘babies’ which form the basis of his project ‘Adoption’. Find out more on his website.
Super-busy work-wise and having begun work on the In-SITE Artist Commission, Chris already has another commission lined for for 2016. He says: “I plan to tackle the 300 mile London to Paris bike ride this April 2015, raising money for Shape Arts, which has played an important role in my development as an artist since 2000. Please dig deep and help me to raise my £1500 target!”
Guest blog by Stephen Jenner
A huge fund raising event for 7 year old Oakley Orange has been announced at Headcorn Airport on the 10th April.
Oakley is the little boy fighting for his life after an allergic reaction to medication. Rushed to hospital after a rash appeared on his chest, his parents Steven and Lorraine watched in horror as their son became unrecognisable over the next 24 hours.
He was diagnosed with the rare life-threatening skin condition called Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), where the top layer of skin becomes detached from the lower layers.
Oakley’s condition rapidly deteriorated to the worst form of the condition, known as Tens, and he had to be transferred to a specialist burns hospital. SJS develops into Tens when more than 30% of skin is lost; Oakley has lost 100% of his skin, as well as his fingernails, toenails and hair.
Funds are being raised to send Oakley Orange and his family to Florida, with SkyHigh Radio taking up the lead in helping raise this money. The event at Headcorn is a tandem parachute jump and if you’d like to be involved, or just lend your moral and financial support, please get in touch via the Facebook page or donate here.
A wonderful side effect from my involvement in the Rochester Literature Festival was being asked by one of our exhibiting artists, Richard Jeferies, to write for his charity book, Goth on my Keyboard.
The Goth character has an adoring public on Facebook and beyond, and is now using her celebrity to publicise a good cause close to home. Myself and fellow writer, Alison Eley, have responded to Richard’s brilliant drawings and character in this book, and Richard himself also adds emotive words to his images, as well as deliver the short and sweet cartoons that are GOMK’s usual platform. It’s a true life mix of humour and poignancy and frankly, well worth your time to read it. I’m thrilled and honoured to be a part of it.
Most of us are free to express ourselves in any way we see fit, whether through our choice of music, art, or the way we dress. Sadly, even these days, there are those who seek to destroy anything they don’t understand, or like, or is different, and Sophie Lancaster paid the worst possible price for this.
The book is now published and all the proceeds go to the S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster Foundation, a charity set up to help fight hate crimes, following the horrifying attack that led to her death. Kicked to death for looking different. In the 21st century, in a civilised, mainly tolerant society, how can this happen? The book, including VAT, costs just £2.39. Please buy it by downloading from the link, and aid this cause in the following aims:
- To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
- To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
- To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures or Lifestyle and Dress.
To find out more about the S.O.P.H.I.E Lancaster Foundation, visit the website here.
Stamp Out Prejudice, Intolerance and Hatred Everywhere. Thank you.