What have the Conservatives done for Women?

For anyone who fancies a watch. Share this if you want. Young women are the least likely to vote in this election because apparently they feel that politics isn’t for them, or doesn’t apply to them as much.
 
ps.
I know this is all the bad policies of the Conservatives, but I think it makes a fucking good point. I fundamentally disagree with the basis of most Conservative policies, which is why I am not voting for them. Not because I think they’re ‘too rich’ or ‘greedy’ or that I don’t ‘like’ Theresa May. None of that. I don’t know the woman. I am not voting Conservative because I disagree with their central arguments, mainly the idea that with hard work and determination anyone can ‘make it’. I think that’s bollocks and doesn’t work as an economic system.
 
Anyone who’s ever had a sudden illness, needed paid time off work, had an awful boss or job and wanted desperately to look for a new one but couldn’t afford to do it without a benefit system; anyone who’s had to juggle childcare and school runs, especially on shit contract or low wages; anyone who’s relied on any public services really.
 
Anyway, I just don’t think the Conservative’s economic ideas are realistic or workeable. So I’m not voting for them. As a person and a woman and a mother I’m not voting for them.

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Casting call….three month olds

Trying to avoid the very white media bias of baby images…please read / share:
Calling babies based in London (or willing to travel) for £50-£100:
Ok…so not sure how to say this really but I’m making a new film / poem with the brilliant director Jake Dypka who did Embarrassed and we’ve almost cast everyone they need for it. It is a highly diverse mix of people and images in all senses of the word.
BUT…the film starts with two babies. It is the focus of the poem really, the way babies are born naked and then dressed as we see fit for a boy / girl – the directors would love to find two 3 month olds (roughly).
All of the people who have replied to the casting call (and we are very bloody grateful for this) have very very pale skinned babies. As the mother of a light brown-skinned little girl I constantly notice that of all the lack of skin tones that exists in advertising and media, babies are perhaps one of the worst white-washed areas of this. Motherhood / pregnancy / babies . family is such a white dominated arena in most UK media.
I love all babies. But I don’t want to add to this
So, if anyone thinks that perhaps they’d be ok with their baby being in a new very short two minute poetry film which is solely to do with gender bias and the whole blue / pink categorisations of little kids (and adults) then please feel free to email:
joe@indy8.com
joe@indy8.com
joe@indy8.com
joe@indy8.com
to find out more…

Call out for people to be in new poetry film

Please share xxx
Call out for babies and toddlers and teenagers and adults to be in a short poetry film. This is not a model thing, it’s a normal people from all and any shapes, sizes and backgrounds thing. In fact, especially so. You do not have to be in this industry to do this, might just be fun to try x
Email: joe@indy8.com with the header: Hollie Poetry Film Call Out if you’re at all interested or know anyone who might be. Details below
So…
I’m doing another poetry video with the lovely director Jake Dypka who did Embarrassed:
and he needs people to be in it. It’s being filmed in about two weeks and there is a thank you stipend of between £50-£100 for the filming. I know it’s nothing so apologies they can’t give more.
The poem is only about 2 mins long and is about gender; about the kind of blue / pink division I think we heap on babies from birth and then all the division that comes afterwards. Like baby boys being wrapped in blue and girls in pink; like baby boys being hugged less than baby girls if they fall, apparently, or like the fact that most girls shoes have no grip and boys shoes have no glitter, and then teenage years, like boys being given blood-covered ‘macho’ images in action flicks and games, while girls blood is deemed dirty and unfeminine and they are giving lots of squeaky clean style images. Et etc. And on and on into older age.
The film has been set up and the film crew is now looking for the following people to be in it (some quite open with other more specific asks!!).
If you feel you might fancy it, you do not have to be in any way a professional actor / model / film person
I would also love it, like in Embarrassed, to showcase a world of babies and children and pregnancy and adults other than the purely caucasian straight middle class one we see in most of the media, especially in advertising and images of babies and young children, pregnancy and family life. Well, everywhere really.
Have a look and see if you might, maybe, think about doing it. I’m sure it’ll  be pretty fun to be in, I’d love it if you were x
Call out:
  • 1 x baby boy and baby girl (6 months old)
  • 1 x boy and girl (5-7 yrs old) 
  • 1 x boy and girl (13-15 yrs old) – girl must be able to do keep ups with football
  • 1 x boy (16-18 yrs old) – muscular physique 
  • 1 x androgynous boy with long hair (early 20s) – happy to shave legs
  • 1 x androgynous girl with shaved head / very short hair (early 20s)
  • 1 x boy & girl (18-20 yrs old), healthy / fit
  • 2 x male wrestlers with good physiques (20s-30s) – happy to dress up as S&M slaves for a dominatrix
  • 2 x men kissing (any age) – happy to show underwear
  • 2 x women kissing (any age) – happy to show underwear
  • 1 x man & woman (any age) – confident, happy to be almost naked, posing as dominatrix, man in woman’s dress etc.
  • 1 x male businessman (40s-50s)
  • 1 x female business-woman (40s-50s) 
  • 1 x older man (70s)
  • 1 x older woman (70s)
  • 1 x pregnant woman (30s) – happy to show belly or even pose topless covering her own breasts
And the email again is
joe@indy8.com
Thanks so much, have a lovely day xxx

2017 Tour: Tickets now up for Durham, Bristol, Norwich, Portmeiron, Iona….

From June to November 2017 I’ll be on tour across the UK, reading from my new book, plus a little from my other books, supported by some brilliants poets. I really hope you can make one of the dates, I’d love to see you and your friends there xxx
 
Many dates to be confirmed, but get your tickets now for:
 
support Vanessa Kisuule
 
JULY 1 IONA
 
JULY 5 NORWICH
NORWICH ARTS CENTRE
 
 
JULY 27TH PORT ELIOT
PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL
 
SEPT 1 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
ELECTRIC FIELDS FESTIVAL
 
SEPT 7 PORTMEIRON
NO.6 FESTIVAL

Mother’s Day Offer!

To celebrate this Mother’s Day (and because I’ve been told this book makes a good gift), I have 50 copies of Nobody Told Me that I will sign and write a message on for yourself (a present to yourself is allowed ey!) / your mother / the mother of your children (pretending it’s from your children) etc! / a helpful grandma / grandad / a carer / your child’s childminder you really like etc!
 
I’ll be selling these signed and messaged copies via my band camp page. The book is £10 plus postage, I can write whatever message you like, just let me know (and don’t forget to tell me the person’s name!).
 
For each book sold there, I’ll donate all profits (everything over £5) to homestart: https://www.home-start.org.uk. So that’s £5 for each £10 book. If you pay more, I’ll donate that too.
 
Happy Mother’s Day in advance x
 

Open for Tour Bookings

I’m currently open for a few more weeks to take tour bookings from theatres, festivals, record shops, book shops, gin bars, sweetie factories, castle dungeons or any other venue / event / organisation that might want me to come and read some poems from my new collection and has capacity / capability to run the event and get a bookseller in.
 
I like venues with a roof best and the ability for people to buy alcohol. The tour is appropriate for 16+ or younger if from liberal families that don’t mind their children hearing the words vagina / sex / plum. Accessibility is very important, as is being okay with parents bringing small babies attached to bottles or arms or boobs who are too little to leave at home.
 
The new collection is called Plum and it comes out on the 15th June with Picador. I’ll be touring it from June – end October and am taking bookings for another few weeks now x
 
Places already covered on the tour (and that I therefore can’t do and am very very excited about) are:
 
London (all of it)
Oxford
Birmingham
Nottingham
Manchester
Cheltenham
Iona
Durham
Hull
Wells
Liverpool
Edinburgh
York
Chester
 
and then some lovely festivals in rural fields I’m not allowed to announce yet.
 
Any enquiries about the book / tour and to find out fees / capacity / rider (one pint of tap water and maybe a glass of wine please) etc, please get in touch with Oli@pagetoperformance.org.
 
Thanks so so much xxx
 
Here’s a tiny bit about it in the Guardian (but with the wrong title!): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/07/books-in-2017-a-literary-calendar
 
(photo of my face, copyright Amy Gwatkin)
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