Pic of me from the Salford Against the Cuts gig, last Friday at The Crescent pub, where I read a few of my poems. I’m not really keen on performing — the whole reason I decided to become a writer in the first place, I guess — but I really appreciate everyone who’s asked me to share my work, verbally, over the past year. It’s all been for good causes, and I’ve met some pretty cool people.
Mark Johnson’s Killing Season awkwardly blends together cartoon violence and anti-war seriousness. Despite its ambitions in wanting to cover issues of genocide and post-war PTSD, its emphasis upon two enemies “bonding” then hunting one another in the woods hilariously takes centre stage.
There has understandably been some confusion regarding the original title of our group, “Yorkshire Anti-Fascists”. Be it that no group, other than those affiliated with the UAF, represented Yorkshire at the time of its creation, a few individuals took it upon themselves to build an anti-fascist presence within the county, to confront the likes of the English Defence League and BNP, which were going relatively unopposed in various cities around Yorkshire.
For the EDL’s “demo” this coming Saturday, word is the fascists have been granted permission to gather at The “Wakey Tavern” pub (formerly “Zeus”) on Lower Warrengate, just down from Wetherspoons’ “The Six Chimneys”. The pub will be supplying EDLers with drink from 10:30 in the morning, up until about 12, where they will then be escorted by the police a short distance to a part of trinity walk for a static rally. “Demo” plans to end around 2pm.
Here’s the venue’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wakey-Tavern/241040235966409?fref=ts
The pub’s phone number is: 07887 566523
And here’s a couple of links on the web to leave reviews:
Be sure to let the venue know what you think about its plans to host a fascist organisation and profit from it.
It is worth nothing, also, that the EDL could well be using Saturday as a possible recruitment exercise after one of their members, Gail Speight, lost a court case against two local Asian men for assault recently. The EDL isn’t quite dead yet, so it’s important that the community stands firm in the face of the EDL for this one.
Two great gigs in the space of three days — this time it was Akala at The Wardrobe, in Leeds. He reminded me a lot of Public Enemy with his high-energy, rock-influenced performance. Really good stuff.
Here’s a few pictures:
Got to meet him as well:
Simon Scott seems to have a major hard-on for me. After I blocked him a while back for sending a shit-load of abuse via my blog and Facebook, he has undertaken the alter-egos of various Facebook pages just to get back in touch with me.
Here’s a few things the wannabe-gangster said as the admin of the Yorkshire Infidels page (which has now, unsurprisingly, been taken down):