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Poetry workshop with Becci Louise; 5th in the LinkUpArts ‘Travels’ series

Asked to draw myself using only triangles, circles and lines, I'm apt to take things very literally. It sounds a geometric exercise. I go for the triangular head and some smaller triangular spikes for hair, before our workshop leader mischievously explains that the lines can be wiggly ones. I'm geometrically committed, ...

Photo of a sign in Devizes advising disabled access via Snuff St

Snuff Street Haiku

A while ago (2010) I saw this sign. Disabled Access via Snuff Street. Having a somewhat twisted sense of humour I found the juxtaposition amusing. Though of cause there is a connection with politics, eugenics, and the Not Dead Yet campaign. Humour contains truths regardless of whether the truth is ...

A picture of a woman in a white broad brimmed hat, black dress with white polka dots, holding her camera up in front of her. She’s smiling just a little too much. On her right is a black guide dog in a white harness.

Daphne Does Good…

Hello out there to all you readers of Disability Arts Online! I’m Daphne, and I’m about to become your favourite Agony Aunt. It’s true that I cannot claim to be different, not in the way that most of you reading this can, but I have been giving people with difference advice ...

Elements

I have no idea why I wrote this a week or 2 or 5 ago. I guess its no more than a response to something I saw. A fire sign submerged in flooded water. I can’t remember where I learned about the elements or why I would want to know, ...

Hagiography

Today in the ongoing diary of a holy fool I stopped to wonder if it could have been different then. Hagiography Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Waiting for the word. No. Don’t do it. Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Hears the word. No. Don’t do it. Poet. Wasted. High On Drugs Low On Depression Obeys the word. No. Don’t do ...

doodle with the face of a creature drawn with simple line and shading

Pitch Yourself: on the pleasures and pitfalls of publishing with Penny Pepper

On 1 July LinkUpArts brought Penny Pepper to Salisbury Arts Centre to lead us through a workshop. The sun shone and there was a buzz of anticipation in the room. Today was not just another creative explosion, today was getting down to the nitty-gritty of publishing. A screen covered the ...

Image of a head with several rooms in which tortuous acts are visualised as a metaphor for everything we're not allowed to say about our oppression by the powers that be

Journeying half way across the world in search of fools’ gold

I first met Gaele Sobott from Outlandish Arts in London back in the autumn of 2015 when she interviewed me for her blog and we began talking about the possibility of working together. Later that year in a conversation with Rowan James about the pitfalls of making work under ...

Lou Reed

Observation

What no signs, no photo? Sometimes, something you read, or misread, will set you off on a thought. Here's one that happened to me. You can read it. Comment on the blog if you like. Do your own thing. Observation Lou Reed said We are lucky to be alive At the same time as ...

doodle with several faces drawn with simple line and shading in the foreground and a large claw, in the foregorund

Fledgling Fiction: adjusting my fictional satnav with Allan Sutherland

Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again - a sentence that had me clinging haphazardly to my mother's childhood. The mental maps I construct and reconstruct of my lived experiences flickered into action, like a satnav just poised to be programmed. 'Rebecca' was part of my mother's teenage. I ...

doodle with several faces drawn with simple line and shading in the foreground and a large eye, in the background

We are living stories: in remembrance of Sophie Partridge

From waking to sleeping our lives exist in stories. Graphic designers weave magical lines through our shower gel and breakfast cereal; fact and fantasy clothe us and form our impressions of health and happiness; media selections colour our days louder, bolder and brasher. City planners lay down the scenery, politicians ...