I feel like sharing this poem today to wrap up 2020. . .
This piece is a commission for the Charleston Trust. Charleston was the home and country meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group in East Sussex. The Bloomsbury group included some of the twentieth century’s most pioneering artists, writers and thinkers – people who believed in debate, creativity, beauty, innovation and truth and whose work was guided by a sense of fun, freedom and irreverence. As well as being home to artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Charleston was a meeting place for eminent Charlestonians and visitors included Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes and Vanessa Bell’s sister Virginia Woolf.
The poem has a beautiful map-themed design by the brilliant artist Craig Oldham @officeofcraig. Craig also designed all the iconic artwork for 'Pessimism is for Lightweights' and many of the other Rough Trade Books pamphlets - you can check out all of Craig Oldham's work here.
Love knows we have so much to do.
I'm signing off for 2020 now. Next month sees the publication of my debut novel - January 28th 2021. I'm excited to share this and that we start the new year with this message to fight for the living and this beautiful planet. Happy Holidays, my dears. Happy Winter Solstice to all wise old souls, hope-punks, truth-seekers, big-hearted, tree-hugging, eco-freaks. Wishing you all play safe and stay safe. Here's to courage and resistance, hope and faith, peace and love in 2021 and beyond, onwards and upwards! Xxsg