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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.

 

Conscripted

Words start to fall on a moonlight walk. 'Conscripted into separation' starts it all. I wonder what it means. I share the line with someone who gives it a thumbs up. I forget it as the day goes on. It returns. It gets a few more numbered lines. Its left. It goes moldy. I should ...

Yes it’s time for your regular date with Daphne

And remember, if you don’t like toast – don’t eat it! Before we get started, let me extend a quick hello to Patrick and Dennis who both wrote in to my previous blog– thank you boys! Last week I took a cheeky little break and popped over to Paris. Oo-la-la! Very romantic – although full of steps! ...

Resurrecting the Glorious Servant

The champ had been taking a real beating but like a true champ he believed in finding his second wind. It took a while but he found it Resurrecting the Glorious Servant It had been unremitting misery Being away I missed this space This place This desk This hex This mouse This house This file This smile Turned upside down Yes the sun shined Yes the wind blew The rain Well ...

Summer of 2017

What a busy few months I have had. This summer I have been invited to take part in all kinds of events.  It’s been exciting and overwhelming, considering I work full time, live in an extended family of three generations, help run a writing group and work on my own writing - while living ...

Take Responsibility for Being Tortured!

I was recently in Boston attending the World Hearing Voices Congress, thanks to a scholarship. I was there the same time as the Alt-Right rally at Boston Common. I met some cool people and laughed at the weedy Alt Right congregation vastly outnumbered by counter protesters. The fascists kept whining about their Freedom of Speech ...

Signs: Misread Sign

Best not believe a word I say. This may be a lie. There may not have been a dream. It may have been real. I don’t know. Honestly, I can’t remember. You decide: Misread Sign In dream Walking past a Chelsea park I misread the signs Please keep your Crip on a lease Keep It off the grass You face a penalty ...

Concerts and Composers

I’m in my eleventh week at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and I’m loving it! Recently, I went to the BSO’s very own Proms in the Park staged over three days in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. This fun-filled 48 hr period included meeting the private donors contributing a significant amount against a backdrop of fab music ...

Sarcastic Greeting Cards Are Us

  When I was in hospital for a physical health problem, my bedside cabinet was bedecked with 'get well soon' cards. However, whenever I was on a psychiatric ward, I noticed the void of cards wishing me well. Maybe people thought I was going to eat the cards. Or maybe people don't know what ...

Shadowlight Artists – August 2017 meeting

Each month the Shadowlight Artists meet to discuss news, their individual work and to plan group productions, exhibitions and other activities. The group had news that their group production "Landscapes" and Richard Hunt's individual film "Amazing Art", had been selected to be exhibited at the Oksa Bright Film Festival 15th-17th November. (Oska Bright Film Festival is ...

Puppet Power

Attending the Broken Puppet Symposium on puppetry, Disability and Health last week was like stepping into a completely new world. And yet when I entered it, and moved about with open eyes and ears, I realised I had been part of this amazing, creative, fun, and astonishing place for pretty much all my life. I just did not know it... While writing my ...