One last time before we split let’s go and sit in the grassy bit in the churchyard astride the log throw sticks for the dog and look at the playground and the place where the nursery stood Before we’re gone … Read more

The State of Our Estate

Badly kept, back swept Cracks crept along the paving and the window panes Split plastic seats hung from rusted chains in the playground we found next to the car park with the gate on its hinges where tyres were punctured … Read more

Labour Heartlands


Isn’t this a heartland too? We have poundshops, pawnshops, boarded-up shops and industries replaced by social services We too have schools with leaking roofs and youth in gigs and gangs and anguish Isn’t this a heartland too? We have hearts … Read more

Hackney Gardens, London E8


This site was a nursery next to the municipal mortuary Council care from the cradle to the grave with alphabets and sing-alongs and rhymes Once upon a time Then they closed it. Next it became a unit where the students … Read more

7-Minute Itch

Janine will be giving the first and possibly only performance of her as-yet unpublished long poem ‘A Tale of Two Cities (The Rich and the Towerful)’ about the Grenfell Tower fire. Plenty of other poets and performers will be doing … Read more

Hackney CVS Autism Training

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Understanding autism equality in the workplace Booking fee: £20 Who is this course is for? This half-day workshop is for anyone who works in the voluntary or public sector that wants to gain an understanding of the Autism spectrum.  Course … Read more

Heart of Hackney festival

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Janine will be performing poetry and running a stall with al her books on sale! Here’s the blurb … We’re back. Hackney’s favourite community festival returns with an awesome lineup. Epic Soul from THE JACK TYSON CHARLES TRIO, hiphop from … Read more

Two Haiku on Hail


Worshipping weather Taken to stormy extreme Hailing in Hackney Shot by ice bullets They shoot indignant indoors All hail to the cats

Looking for Somewhere to Live?


A row of shops on Mare Street Most either estate agents or opticians If house hunters can’t find what they’re looking for Help is at hand

Patient Voice: Hackney’s Autism Plan

Janine will speak as part of a deputation to Hackeny’s Health and Wellbeing board, explaining the need for better services (or any services!) for autistic adults in Hackney, and the importance of genuine democratic input from autistic people.

Poplar: A Different Sort of Labour Council

An article published in Workers’ Liberty no.66 in 2001, which turned out to be a precursor to my 2009 book, Guilty and Proud Of It. In Hackney, east London, the Labour/Tory coalition administration – the first in Britain since World War … Read more

Poetry Lounge Open Mic Night

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Come and enjoy an evening of poetry and spoken word from new and established poets / writers, including a five-minute slot from Janine. Poetry 7pm – 10pm Dare2bDifferent After Party 10pm-3am Tipsy Bar 20 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London N16 7XN … Read more