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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VANDAL RAPTOR? UK tour
TESTT (Durham): April 12th
The New Adelphi (Hull): April 15th
Workshop Theatre (Leeds): April 17th
Hydra Bookshop (Bristol): April 18th
Derby Theatre: April 20th
Harrogate Theatre: April 24-25th
Ovalhouse (London): April 26-28th
NERD PUNK BOOK TOUR
London Book Launch at Ovalhouse, April 26th
York Book Launch at All Saints Church, April 29th
Small Fry DIY, Warrington, 2nd May
Spoken Weird, Halifax: 3rd May
Born Lippy, Newcastle 9th May
Shaken In Sheep Town, Skipton: 10th May
Find The Right Words, Leicester : 16th May
Queenie’s Coffee Nights, Huddersfield: 21st May
Gong Fu Poets, Coxhoe: 31st May
Verse Matters, Sheffield: 7th June
Slam Dunk, Hastings: 28th June
Word Club, Leeds: 29th June
Poetry Jam, Durham: 4th October
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Sunday, 8 April 2018
Floor 2, 25 North Road,
Durham DH1 4SG
89 De Grey St, Hull HU5 2RU
School of English
University of Leeds (open to non-students)
Leeds LS2 9JT
34 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EZ
15 Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF
6 Oxford St, Harrogate HG1 1QF
52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
Sunday, 11 March 2018
Most people don't think punk appeals to men. And I can see their point. Punk is an aggressive musical form. It has a sharp playful sneer, a clever subverting of standards and expectations. The clever lyricism of Poly Styrene, The Slits, Patti Smith and Vi Subversa spring to mind. Not what you'd expect from men, who make up the majority of Bosses, Supervisors, Managers, Vice Chancellors, Artistic Directors, Police Officers, Prison Wardens and even Security Guards. Since 1721 there have been over 70 Prime Ministers, but only 2 have been women. Men make up 2/3s of MPs. Men are most likely to be figures of authority, so it seems bizarre that punk music attracts the gender that upholds the tapestry of hierarchy and power, something at odds with the savage, subversive punk genre. I guess it's just in our nature to like keeping structure and systems, whilst punk is about breaking rules and being DIY with your own rules.
Punk can be a screeching, guttural and a hammer stroke strike from the heart. It's a passionate wrenching that drains the blood from a clenched fist and embodies teeth-gritting determination. From Petrol Girls to G.L.O.S.S., from KINKY to War On Women it's music infected with a fury. Typically, as a man, life is pretty good. What's there to be so angry about? I'm more likely to get a well-paid job, more likely to be heard & taken seriously, more likely to see my gender as the protagonist in films, more likely to have any art or music I make given a platform. I'm less likely to have my arse grabbed, less likely to have abuse hurled at me in the street and less likely to have my drink spiked. Plus I can pee wherever I like.
So with all these luxuries, there's very little to rail against. No need to be furious, unlike women in bands who really have something to kick against.
And that's why festival stages are dominated by one type of gender, why most sound engineers and promoters are one type of gender, why gigs are mostly attended by one type of gender and it's quite unusual, even rare, to see a range of diversity in music.
But I hope things are changing, if slowly, so that conceptions around gender can change. Don't assume that people are solely defined by their gender.
Now go check out the documentary So Which Band Is Your Boyfriend In?
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
I popped down to the pickets on Thursday, and can confirm the dedicated student body who support their staff and support their strike. Love, rage and solidarity to all xxx