Most of us have PASSIONS & BELIEFS that we try and fight for. Some come as a direct PERSONAL

EXPERIENCE and others from what we have WITNESSED. Regardless, the seed for CHANGE is

planted and that fight can cause us conflict with family, friends, colleagues and other significant

adults in our lives. I too have lost friends as a result of my beliefs.

My passion is related to GAY RIGHTS -the PERSONAL becomes POLITICAL and ‘LOVE IS A HUMAN

RIGHT’ regardless of race, gender and sexuality.

Over the years I have confronted prejudice in many forms and created opportunities to raise

awareness of what it means to be LGBTQ. The present political climate towards GAY RIGHTS is

becoming right wing and reactionary with at least 70 countries where it is illegal and life threatening

to be LGBTQ.

I have explored SEXUALITY & GENDER through both my POETRY and my ART. For the first time on

the ISLE OF WIGHT last year we had our very own GAY PRIDE 2017 with 5,000 people attending,

supporting, dancing, performing and loving. I designed and made a WEDDING DRESS for PRIDE ARTS

as the symbol of the wedding dress now belongs to ALL OF US. Individuals sent in personal poems,

stories and statements on the theme of LOVE WINS. Set in the tea tent the WEDDING DRESS bore

witness to POETS FOR PRIDE and a performance set by RED TIE THEATRE.

IOW GAY PRIDE 2018 now has the enviable status of being UK PRIDE as well. We are expecting

anything from 12.000 to 15.000 people to visit the island. We are the only UK PRIDE to have our

event on the beach.

This year I am focussing on the LGBTQ LIFE JOURNEYS of the 50+ year olds for PRIDE ARTS. The

stories of a generation when it was illegal for men to express their love needs to be told. For some

their lives were and are still SECRET. 2018 SECRET STORIES IN BOTTLES gives them the opportunity

to tell their life journeys in a full and frank way. The stories will then be sealed in bottles, and buried

in the hope they will be found and read in 50 to a hundred years time or even longer than that-


All 15 of us will contribute to a MEMORABILIA box with photos, letters, Pride memorabilia, leaflets,

poems, stories, songs, items of clothing, and books etc. Collectively it will map our journey which has

ended in us being on the ISLE OF WIGHT.

ONE PERSON-ONE POSITIVE WORD to drown the negative barrage of words we read and hear daily.

Each word will be written on post it notes, rolled and placed into a peg board and mounted into

exhibition boxes.

On the day itself visitors can write messages, statements or wish lists, roll them and place them

again in peg boards. Afterwards, half of them will be opened and pasted onto board whilst the other

half are kept ‘secret’ replicating the lives of us who are either OUT or in the CLOSET. OPEN or


POETS FOR PRIDE will once again be performing in the TEA TENT with the amazing PATSY CABARET


TOP HAT- as well as the WEDDING DRESS being displayed again in the tea tent we will have an

amazing TOP HAT made by staff and students from the IOW COLLEGE. This hat will be like no other

hat and will have the most amazing rainbow messages coming out of it, and decorated in peacock

feathers and the international rainbow flag.



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