Julie Ward is an activist poet and theatre maker who became an accidental politician in 2014 by getting elected to represent the North West of England in the European Parliament. She served on the Culture and Education Committee for 5 and a half years and was on the Social and Environment Committee of the Africa Caribbean Pacific & EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. She is currently working for the Commonwealth Games as Arts Lead for an international education project. Julie co-chairs Our Shared World’s Purposeful Policies Working Group and is also active in Culture Declares Emergency. She is a Director of Festival of Thrift and a Trustee for House of Fairytales.
At the second ‘Did You COP That?’ event on December 13th 2021 she closed the zoom with this beautiful poem. The responses to her powerful words were so overwhelming we thought it would be a good idea to share them here.