Chelsea Politics

Here’s one;

Chelsea Politics

It’s a floral beauty contest,
where you don’t have to be prettiest to be the best.
More diverse than Miss Universe.
It wouldn’t have surprised me to see;
A concept garden represented by Nietzsche-
the meaning of life expressed in crazy paving
and a water feature.
A House of Commons garden
tended by Incapability Brown,
whose expensive moat brings it down.
Where a speaker patrols mumbling “Border, Border”
looking lost
and it manages to soil itself when the public realise how much it cost.
A Beckham garden full of Posh Spice,
A Salina Scott garden encased in ice,
An exhibit designed to attract young birds
by Silvio Berlusconi,
the Jordan garden outdoing plasticine for being phoney.
The White House garden
which will never again have a Bush in it.
I don’t know which of these would win it.
But they do reflect how much Chelsea’s variegated,
though bees and flowers,
public and gardens,
have successfully cross pollinated.


May 29, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Kate Fox at the Humber Mouth Festival Details

Kate Fox on Lara King’s Morning Show

Wednesday 24th June

BBC Humberside 95.9FM, 1485AM, DAB & Online

9am – 10am

Listen in to Lara’s Morning Show to hear Kate Fox spin the news in verse. Kate has been described as a ‘younger, wittier, hipper Pam Ayres’ and she starts her stint at the Humber Mouth by tackling the top news stories of the day.

Kate Fox’s Poetry Drop-In

BBC Humberside, Queen’s Gardens

Wednesday 24th June

12.30 – 2.30pm

Thursday 25th June

11am – 1pm


Do you have anything to say about recent news? Have a go at writing your views about the news – in verse – and drop in to chat to Kate Fox about how hone your satirical edge. Kate will be in the Coffee Bar at the BBC Centre on Wednesday and Thursday to give expert advice about poetry, performance and politics.

Kate Fox’s Festival Blog

Kate Fox

Thursday 25th June 8pm

Zest Café Bar, 17 – 19 Newland Avenue

£5 Box Office 01482 226655

Poetry which matters from one of the country’s funniest, sharpest and most irreverent performers.

Kate Fox is a stand-up comedian, poet and journalist. She has been a Poet in Residence on R4’s Saturday Live for a year, writing topical poems and performing them for 2 million listeners once a month. She has performed stand up comedy and poetry gigs all over the world.

This Northern, occasionally ukulele-playing wordsmith has been commissioned by the Humber Mouth to bring her anarchic, hilarious and satirical verse to the people of Hull!

‘One day Pam Ayres will be saying she’s like Kate Fox’ Fi Glover, Radio 4

May 15, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Humber Mouth Festival. June 09

Is there a point to topical poetry?

Poetry of the now.

The question Radio 4 Saturday Live’s Poet in Residence Kate Fox will be asking during the Humber Mouth Festival.  See the gig on Thursday 25th June. Contribute a topical poem to the blog. Watch this space.

May 14, 2009. Uncategorized. 1 comment.