Sunday, December 3, 2023

East Midlands Poets Contemplate LGBT Life 50 Years From Now

Commemorating 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, Derbyshire LGBT+ and LGB-QWERTY present ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’ on Saturday 23rd September at 67 Bridge Street, Derby, coinciding with Bi-Visibility Day 2017.

This is the third and final event in a yearlong project, commissioning spoken word artists from around the Midlands, to create new pieces of poetry examining what LGBT+ life may be like 50 years from now.

Featuring performances from Holly Duffurn, Nona Wyld, Emerciana Desouza, Sam Beckett, Jenny Sissons and The Voices of LASS in association with former Derby Poet Laureate River Walton.

Doors open at 7pm with the event starting at 7.30pm. Entry is free with all donations made going directly to Derbyshire LGBT+, over £200 has already been raised since the start of the year.

Dan Webber from LGB-QWERTY said:

“By working with The University of Derby and 67 Bridge Street, we hope to introduce new students to Derby’s incredible spoken word scene and inspire established and first-time performers alike to take the mic and share their words with us”

The ‘Looking Back, Looking Forward’ project is supported by LGB-QWERTY, Furthest From The Sea Music, Comedy and Arts CIC, Twisted Tongues, Derby Museums, QUAD, University of Derby and Derby Live.

Claire Meese


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