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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

This section of DAO provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

 

Devoted & Disgruntled 13

Who Am I? Sarah Howard, Londoner, single/available, wheelchair user, cultural addict. What is my place in life? To live (not exist), play, challenge, strive, encounter. The artistic world is my residence and I continually go out of my way to score a piece of the action, but I am a child of the 70’s and hanker for those pre-digital ...

The Araniello Show by SBC (SickBitchCrips)

SBC are delighted to publicly denounce The Araniello Show SBC are excited that the failure of The Araniello Show is imminent and they firmly believe that this will be the worst show of the year. Having endured some of the sketches, SBC describe the content as a bit like biting into semi-coagulated library paste, leaving a mediocre, ...

Declaration 1. Born Equal

This year I got involved in local conservation issues. I picked up on an issue and posted this poem on The Hornsey Town Hall Facebook Group who immediately appointed me 'poet in residence - no payment, just kudos', which i accepted with a thrill and gratitude. Where the poem partly came from is explained below ...

Acorn: Invisibility

Yoko Ono instructs: QUESTIONNAIRE 1: True or False? - All streets are invisible. The visible ones are fake ones, though some visible ones are the end parts of the invisible ones. I listen. I think about it. Visibility. Invisibility. That which is real. That which is fake. I know the issue that lies within our politics. The ...

A Journey With My Self: Telling my family

Nick Lewis is an author, poet and artist. He was diagnosed with MS some 30 years ago. What follows is a serial collection of stories based on incidents in his life during that time. Not yet being obviously disabled by the MS I imagined that I wouldn't have to tell all my friends and family. I ...

Mean Time

The first time i blogged about the mean time was the second time i'd written about the mean time. This is closer to the first time i wrote about the mean time. It came with this page. It said something about blue politics. It was shite. It wasn't how I felt about the mean time. ...

Daphne on Christmas

Hello to all you lovely Dibly readers! It’s me – Daphne – your one and only Agony Aunt. I thought you might all need a bit of advice - to prop you up and get you through the festive season.  Just remember – no matter how many baubles you break when decorating your inaccessible wood or plastic ...

Going forwards and going backwards into 2018

2017 has been an eventful time for us at DAO. With the solstice yesterday I couldn’t help but think of Sophie Partridge - our 'Pink Pixie' - who died suddenly last June. She’s been sorely missed at DAO and by the disability arts community these past months. Our 2017 blogger of the year award has to ...

Seasonal Adjustments

About this time last year a fellow DAO Blogger got all christmas carol on my facebook. I went to work and found some old geezer sucking on his humbugs. No one spoke up for the holiday. So, i took it upon myself to do so. Cos, the poetry of misery has enough friends...... but then ...

A Journey With My Self: Flight

Nick Lewis is an author, poet and artist. He was diagnosed with MS some 30 years ago. What follows is a serial collection of stories based on incidents in his life during that time. It was summer 1988. My wife Tio, an international aid worker for the Red Cross, had been away for a couple of ...