As Fabrica’s artist in residence I’m excited to be working with Allsorts Youth Project http://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/ with John McCullough of Queer Writing South and Tracey Gue from Fabrica. We ran a creative writing workshop at Allsorts drop-in night on the 3 questions:
Where do you come from?
What’s the purpose of your visit?
Do you have anything to declare?
Below are the individual answers and a group answer, as well as some audio files of the spoken poems.
By a lovely coincidence Jimmy was there doing an origami workshop at the same time so we got beautiful birds, butterflies and air balloons crossing borders as well.
Jackie Paper with his untitled poem
The young people collaborated on a poem, Allsorts poem
Where do Queers Come from?
We have traversed the mountains of peril.
We have flown over the fires of treachery.
We have passed the glacier of the great unknown.
We have conquered the chasm of guilt.
We have skipped over the desert of confusion.
We have stepped across the ice of deception.
We have marched over the valley of total despair.
We have tiptoed across the fence of fear
We have vaulted over the horizon of danger.
We have explored the waters of infinite love.
We’re here to rock.
We’re here to giggle.
We’re here to inspire.
We’re here to enlighten.
We’re here to challenge convention.
We’re here to love.
We’re here to be.
We’re here to write.
We’re here to have an all-nighter of games.
We’re here to dance to the beat of our own drum.
We declare friendship.
We declare we are proud.
We declare the right to stand as we are.
We declare that everyone should do one good deed.
We declare the right to fried chicken or better tasting Quorn.
We declare war on terrible film remakes.
We declare ourselves kings or queens of the bubble gum kingdom.
We declare we are gay.
We declare the right to be heard.
We declare the right to be human.