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Saturday, 27 August 2016

How Leicester Square became part of the Independent Socialist Republic of Leicester

riding on elephants
it was raining
when we got to Leicester Square

our spirits were high
so we wore sunglasses

dressed in an orange jumpsuit
the Chief of Leicester Square
promised the natives free wifi
as they gathered
and we annexed the Square
on behalf of the Independent Socialist Republic of Leicester

Friday, 19 August 2016

Thursday, 18 August 2016

#ResultsDay - 18/06/16, Leicester

Today is ‪#‎ResultsDay‬. Many students who did well are celebrating and are preparing for university.

Today is also a reminder of one of the tragedies that's inherent in how Britain treats people who are seeking refuge.

Among those who got their results today are young people who will not be allowed to go to university for no reason other than that they are asylum seekers.

People who are seeking refuge should have the same access to university as any other similarly able young person.

In Leicester, De Montfort University (DMU) is offering a number of scholarships and awards to enable asylum seekers to access university. For that, I commend DMU.

The University of Leicester should offer similar scholarships and awards to people who are seeking refuge. The university should also lobby central government and encourage it to allow asylum seekers to access higher education. By doing neither of these things, the University of Leicester is condoning an injustice.

Monday, 15 August 2016

as the sun goes down

in another universe
each time you come back
we watch bumblebees flirting
among flowers
along the white picket fence
and as the sun goes down
you speak of the old souls you met
on your last travels

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

a love that's turned

does it ever come
with streets
filled
with the beat of drums,
a love that's turned?

when i see you again,
do i look away, turn away
and keep
the streets
between us?