POET WITH A PUNCH

Chris R-0972 Image by Christine Renney

This is a portrait of a very talented poet, Anthony Anaxagorou, whom we saw and listened to, at the Bradford Literature Festival last weekend. He was commissioned to write a modern day piece inspired by Dante’s Inferno from the Divine Comedy. Breathtaking. We also heard him read other of his works at a Poetry slam where several other poets read including the mighty Linton Kwesi Johnson.
A wonderful experience.

FIGHT THE POWER (WITH THANKS TO PUBLIC ENEMY)

Sign of the Times-0137 Image by Christine Renney 2015

I spoke with this very dedicated and personable young man who is saturated in empathy and a sense of responsibility toward those most affected by the appalling actions of City banks and their employees who still have not paid for the damage they have caused. Instead, the Government in this country seeks to blame and punish the poor, yet again, for the greed of the few.
He had been camping out for a few days before being hassled by the local police, who asked him for his name and date of birth. When he refused, they told him that he looked (without the mask obviously) like a man who was wanted for burglary. When he gave them the information they said he was not the man they were looking for. Well, if they have that much detail then they knew who they were looking for and it would hardly be a lone guy camping out by the castle walls, now would it? He was served a summons to appear in court for trespass.
This is fascism. He was not harming anyone, he hadn’t approached anyone. He was just carrying out a silent protest. I am grateful to him for doing what I could not.