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Possession - the Boxing Day Floods and the recommoning of the rivers

Possession – the Boxing Day Floods and the recommoning of the rivers

We wake in a B&B in Kilnsea, the last village before the shingle bar of Spurn Head that juts out from Holderness in East Yorkshire. All night a South Easterly wind of Force 6, gusting to Force 7, has buffeted the farmhouse. From the windows we can see white horses on the River Humber and...
Artists to take over Tate Modern during Paris climate talks for 3-day unauthorised festival

Artists to take over Tate Modern during Paris climate talks for 3-day unauthorised festival

For immediate release Unauthorised festival to take over Tate Modern spaces during next weekend of climate talks Contact: Mika Minio-Paluello / +44 7733466038 Full programme available on deadline.org.uk/programme Deadline Festival @Tate takes place exactly a year before Tate’s BP sponsorship deal expires Full programme is now available online. Including poetry, video installations, Caryl Churchill play,...
We will Remember them - those who were hung and those who executed the hanging

We will Remember them – those who were hung and those who executed the hanging

Here again. Standing before the white Portland Stone cenotaph of the Shell Center. A crowd of fifty or more in silent attention as the names of the dead are read out: Saturday Dobee Nordu Eawo Daniel Gbooko Paul Levera Felix Nuate Baribor Bera Barinem Kiobel John Kpuinen Ken Saro-Wiwa The chief mourner is Lazarus Tamana,...
'Return' - new poem for the Bus by Sai Murray

‘Return’ – new poem for the Bus by Sai Murray

This summer, Platform commissioned Sai Murray – poet, writer, and spoken word supremo – to write a poem about the Bus’s journey to Ogoniland. Sai made some stunning political connections to other struggles, connections in all these years we had not made ourselves. John Ruskin once said “The best response to a work of art...
Head looking backward the bird flies forward - a night for Ken Saro-Wiwa in Peckham

Head looking backward the bird flies forward – a night for Ken Saro-Wiwa in Peckham

[In 7 days’ time it will be 10th November – the 20th anniversary of the executions of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues. This blog is a response to a powerful poetry event at Peckham Platform last Friday, inspired by the work and life of Ken Saro-Wiwa. Come to the events on Nov 10th –...
This Bitter Earth - rendering the invisible visible

This Bitter Earth – rendering the invisible visible

During my leave over the summer I was really glad to catch the performance Arctic Requiem outside the Shell Centre in August. Here’s a piece I wrote about it, prior to Shell’s decision to cease drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The rain lashes down. A strong south westerly drives it along the Thames, across Jubilee...
You'll want this stunning new poster artwork for the Ogoni 9

You’ll want this stunning new poster artwork for the Ogoni 9

Long-term struggles need new creative energy to stay nourished. So today we launch a stunning new print artwork – a collaboration between the internationally acclaimed political artist Alfredo Jaar and designer Jon Daniel. Platform commissioned it mark the 20th anniversary of the executions of writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues. Below, see how you can...
UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash

UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash

RELEASE: UK local council pensions lose £683 million with coal crash Embargo: 00:01am Monday 12 October Contact: Mika Minio-Paluello (Platform London) 07733466038 UK local councils have lost up to £683 million to their pension funds, because of failed investments into coal firms. New data reveals the councils most affected – the value of Greater Manchester’s...

Fossil fuel consumption: a dialogue between activists and researchers

Fossil fuel consumption: a dialogue between activists and researchers Thursday 1 October, 2015, 4.0-7.0 pm Room Chadwick G07, Chadwick Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT The Fossil fuel consumption: a dialogue between activists and researchers seminar will continue dialogue between academics researching fossil fuel consumption, and activists and campaigners aiming to cut...