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Interview _ Bobba Cass

Bobba Cass grew up in the United States and was in the Peace Corps in Nigeria in the 1960s. An academic whose advanced degrees were in English Literature and Cultural Studies, he has been an activist in struggles against apartheid, racism in schools, nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. He organises Pinggg…K! a poetry event that meets monthly in Leicester for an evening of metrosexual open mic verse and a performance by a featured poet. He came out in his late 40s following a police entrapment arrest. In this interview,* Bobba Cass talks about the work he is doing. You are often described as a literary activist. What forms does this activism take? And, how has it been received? When I began coming out in the late 1980's and I experienced and welcomed the gentleness of other men, I began what I can only describe as 'hearing' a poetry which, in its intensity, was much more open about sensuality and sexuality than was then being published (much of this has chang

Leicester 2084 AD: Poetry & Microfiction - a Call for Submissions

Leicester 2084 AD: New Poems about The City is now available .  An introduction to the anthology can be read on the Creative Writing at Leicester blog.  Could you write a poem or short fiction that shares an experience or aspect on or of future Leicester? Your poem or short fiction could be about life, personalities or relationships with, within or around the city, its people, features, landmarks, peculiarities, history, or future. What will Leicester be like in the year 2084? How will it get there? Where will it go or where did it go along the way? There is a legend, at most points into the city, that says, Welcome to Leicester Historic City . Will this legend still be there in the year 2084 or will it have been replaced by another one? What greeting will people get when they come to future Leicester? What will they be coming to? What or where will they be coming from? What meaning will Leicester have in the year 2084? What will Leicester mean to its citizens,