We are pleased to present issue 6: The Death Issue
Performances on the evening from Meatraffle, PreGoblin, Xi, Jessica Winter, deep tan, Platonica Erotica, Grace Goslin and Holly Whitaker. Speakers at the Hate x New Gums event include Vida Adamczewski, Caroline from Finsbury Park Death Cafe, Lucy Silver, Angad Singh and Oliver Jones.
The inspiration behind this issue came from society’s collective fear of death, and the urgent need to readdress our relationship to the subject. Death is such a huge part of life, yet we only seem to acknowledge mortality when someone close to us dies. Our language around mourning stifles our ability to properly process grief; we’re expected to get over it and move on.
This issue of Hate includes artwork, photography, poetry, short stories, features and interviews covering a range of experiences surrounding death.
Hannah Pearce discusses Immortal: Mourning, Martyrs & Murals, the book she dedicated to her friend and comrade Anna Campbell who was killed defending the YPJ, journalist Cristina Cromer recounts her cat’s poignant and meaningful death and Oppose magazine’s editor, Dalia Dawood, explores gentrification and the death of local neighbourhoods.
Features include artist and disability rights campaigner Vince Laws, playwright Molly O’Shea, Solomon Grey musician Joe Wilson who travelled with his mum to Dignitas, Dignity In Dying campaigner Ellie Ball, Birthstrike founder Blythe Pepino and teenage environmentalist, Cate Davies, from UKSCN.
Photographers Jess Kohl, Ben Graville, Holly Whitaker, Melly Mac, Daniel Brereton, Vincen Beekman and Nicolette Clara Iles amongst others document funeral parlours, wakes, gentrification, loss and the space people leave behind.
Bill Ryder-Jones, Tree Carr, Georgie Jesson, Arlo Parks, Theia, Billie Manning, Sarah Roselle, Anisa Topan and Sophie Harris amongst others have contributed writing, thinkpieces and poetry covering worldwide death practices, personal experiences, mourning and loss.
Artwork, illustration, painting, collage and embroidery comes from William Farr, Arizona Smith, Niccy D, Ciara Callaghan, Seana Gavin, Darren Cullen, Hannah King, Stephanie Frances-Shanahan, Edie Lawrence, Hayden Kays and Sam Harris.
About New Gums
New Gums is a promotional company that focuses on celebrating lyrical artists. Showcasing performances of poetry, short prose, and the combination of spoken word with music, often in collaboration with other music-based promotional companies.
Celebrating experimental, avant-garde poetry and performance, New Gums recognises the boundary between words and other art forms and attempts to break down these barriers (particularly those between music poetry).