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Ann Young

Ann Young is a disabled writer who has been part of the Disability Arts scene for over two decades. Her work explores our ordinary lives and relationships with realism and humour.

Posts by Ann Young

A Very Queer Nazi Faust

Everything’s Buzzing at Dandifest 2017

Ann Young revisited Norwich’s much anticipated Dandifest 2017 for its launch party on 25 April. This year, the two-week festival celebrates 50 years since the partial legalisation of homosexuality, diversity and bees plus features a sneak preview of Vince Laws’s new play A Very Queer Nazi Faust. Attending the launch at ...

Shock Hazard Vince Laws

Vince Laws: A Law Unto Himself

Ann Young journeys into the heart of the Norfolk countryside to find the man behind the poet, artist, performer and activist Vince Laws. He reflects on his life and work, and touches upon a recent series of paintings he has done for Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). I find Vince and ...

Photo of artist Tanya Raabe-Webber in front of an easel.

Portraits Untold – redefining portrait painting for the 21st century

Portraits Untold is a visual and multimedia arts project by the acclaimed artist Tanya Raabe-Webber. There were four live-streamed interview-based portrait sittings, spread over five months. Ann Young attended the last in the series with David Hoyle at Beningborough Hall in York. Before Portraits Untold my own limited view of portrait ...

Photo of John Akomfrah sitting in an armchair as his portrait is being painted by Tanya Raabe-Webber. They are accompanied by a sign language interpreter

Portraits Untold and friendships unbroken

Ann Young watched the livestream of Tanya Raabe-Webber’s first Portraits Untold sitting with John Akomfrah at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) on 16th July and sent this reflection on Tanya’s work and the journey they’ve taken as friends and as comrades within the Disability Arts Movement. Who said Disability Art ...