First Timers Political Lyric Writing Workshop

DIY Space for London, London

Sunday, 20 Jan 2019

15:30 – 17:30

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💖About the workshop💖

Music can be a way to challenge shit politicians and social injustice. It can become an anthem of social change. The artist can be the first to say “give peace a chance” or “fuck you I won’t do what you tell me”. We’ll workshop how to make the issues you care about into powerful lyrics, drawing on imagery and metaphor to express hope and rage. We’ll find ways to make complex topics like the link between fascism and capitalism, the importance of bisexual representation, or the nuances of expressing a multicultural heritage into a few simple words that can translate your emotions and touch others.

There are 15 places for this workshop. Book a place in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £5 (+booking fee). We aim to make our workshops as accessible as possible, so if you would like to come but cannot afford the ticket price, you can reserve a place by emailing

💖About Jelly Cleaver💖

Jelly Cleaver is a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. She used to teach guitar and has played in many different bands and styles including rock, funk, folk and jazz. As an activist, her songs are often about the issues she campaigns for, especially migrant rights and anti-racism. She’s part of the LOUD WOMEN team, and is regularly at gigs or gigging around London.

💖 About First Timers Fest 💖

FTF is a season of workshops followed by a two-day festival where every band plays its first show. FTF is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community.

As a direct way of addressing the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community, our workshops centre people who are disabled (visible or non-visible), LGBTQIA+ folk, people of colour, and women. As well, we are here to support people who have never played in a band before // never played the instrument they've always wanted to learn before because of their class, race, gender, mental health, etc.

Our 2019 festival will be taking place on May 4th & 5th 2019. Applications from new bands to play are open: INSERT LINK

For other First Timers Fest 2019 info:
FTF 2019 Facebook group:
FB page: First Timers Fest
Twitter: @FirstTimersFest
Instagram: @firsttimersfest

💖 About the venue, DIY Space for London 💖

DIY Space for London is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for manoeuvring and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible.

On entering the venue there is a small ramp, which is quite steep and might require assistance going up and down. If you are a wheelchair user and not travelling with anyone, let us know in advance you are coming so someone at the venue can be there to assist.

If you would like to discuss access, please get in touch or visit our website:

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Phone – 020 7635 9470 (Leave a message and we will respond)

Postal – 96-108 Ormside St, London SE15 1TF

Response time – Someone will be able to respond within 5 days

Our volunteers are happy to meet event attendees at the nearest bus stop, please contact to arrange.

DIY Space has an Access Group that is always working to improve accessibility. Most recently it worked towards making DIY Space For London the UK’s first volunteer-run venue to achieve Bronze status on the Charter of Best Practice from Attitude Is Everything – a charity that improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.


DIY Space for London , 96-108 Ormside Street , London