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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 ...

watercolour painting of a pot plant on a veranda

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 ...

Sorry. No Access. Thank You.

There will be no segregation in this poem. Only a separation. I am no separatist but I wonder if we were to separate if we could use access to enforce the exclusion of those we would separate from as they who chose our exclusion use no access to separate us ...

Usurprising

Together 2017’s Prisong by gobscure on show at East Ham Library until 15th December What’s in a name? gobscure? Small g standing for g who wants to be obscure, feels obscure, is obscure? g’s obscure practice that challenges you to look, inquire, think or feel the sickness and walk away? Maybe. ...

Step Change Studios inclusive dance class

I’m Back on the Dance Floor

Step Change Studios is a pioneering dance company committed to making Latin and Ballroom dance accessible for everyone. They offer fun, engaging opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to dance. This week’s Step Change Studios Personal Experience Blog comes from Adrienne Armorer. In 2001, having left an evening of salsa dancing early, I ...

Hanging On In Herne Bay

Herne should you have never learned it, is the hunter. Herne the white hunter runs with the deer, his spear in his hand. The briar never stopped him. He’d just run through it. Just as today, inspired by a photo of a sign on a lamp post in Herne Bay ...

Here’s one disabled curator!

As a disabled person currently studying an MA in Curation Practices, I was pleased to read Aidan Moesby’s article, Where are the disabled curators? last month. Is pleased the right word? Because Aidan outlines a number of persistent barriers, particularly prejudice and negativity, that disabled people trying to break ...

infusion

The Crohn’s Chronicles

I feel compelled to share a piece of my personal story. I put everything else out there, why not this? About six months after a very ugly divorce, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. It is an incurable autoimmune disorder that effects the digestive system. There are a myriad of ...

12 Days of Xmas

The 12 Days of Christmas My Psychiatrist Prescribed For Me

I hate Christmas. I don’t want to celebrate it as a religious festival or a consumerist tryst. But I do because the people I love do enjoy it. I find it stressful, it brings back traumatic memories, and I am in a dissociative fugue for most of it. Madness is wrapped ...

The Systemic Analysis of our Glorious Servant

I can’t remember when I first heard the ticking of a clock. I do recall however; the last time the alarms went off. I recall today; rarely. The decades roll in, roll out. Hands up for the 70’s and the progressive notion that crips could work computers. I was there. ...