We Slept Here

We Slept Here

  We slept here on Waverley Bridge under the shadow of a granite ridge Next to the only station named for a novel – our open-air waiting room, no place to travel Just along from the Spoons and the bars … Read more

Locked Up and Down

figure behind prison bars

If you’re locked down with books and a partner who cooks better than you Then you’ll probably get through If you’re locked down with a garden it might not be so hard and with a nice glass of wine You’ll … Read more

Hostile Architecture


This stinking subway, piss-soaked flags, cold stone ground, discarded fags is way too good for them. Install steel spikes, bayonet their bodies off the floor and out of doorways, It’s allowed, or so the law says. For sure these spears … Read more

Self-Isolation in a Single Hostel Room

single room

Day 1 confined to room – no going out Day 2 do push-ups, Netflix, clean the floor Day 3 phone friends and scrub the tiling grout Day 4 a breakfast bag outside the door Day 5 phone friends and tell … Read more

Video: Poeting for Punk4TheHomeless

Punk 4 the Homeless

Janine Booth performing at the online Punk for the Homeless gig on 6 April 2020. Poems: Disaffected Middle-aged Women – The Girl from Clapham – Why Can’t You Just Be Normal? – Thoughts and Prayers – This Place – Stonewall … Read more

Covid-19 and austerity: The threat to disabled people


Published in Solidarity 542, 7 April 2020.   Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are objecting to the lack of adequate healthcare, the loss of social care support, the erosion of rights – and the ominous attitude that disabled people are somehow … 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

Affordable Home


Apartments and unfurnished Flats rented or retailed for a small Fortune, unfortunately unaffordable Out of the price range, out of Reach of those who need a place to call ‘fixed abode’ Dictionary defines ‘affordable’ Adjective: within one’s financial means; not Beyond … 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