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DET: I never read the woman in the window…..

Continuing in the vein of a Disability Equality course I alight on an opportunity to reflect on negative imagery. The photo here is from an Ad man seeking to sell a book but; I never read the woman in the window… The woman in the window is a thriller alright Paranoid. She hears ...

Kay signing her book at a local book launch event in March 2017.

Visibility and Me: Poetry, Pathways and Pressure.

As a PhD student living with a disability, occupying space is both a fascinating and problematic process. Walking with a wheelchair like I do means I am very visible to those within my institution and indeed to the public, blending in isn’t an option. One of the reasons for this ...

abstract watercolour suggesting a storm across a landscape

A message from me, Nelly

Hi all This is a message from Nelly and Neville. We are sister and brother and we are more or less identical twins: but this is a message from me, Nelly. Thing is, I'm not sure I should write about us as kith and kin; we're not people: we are neurons. ...

watercolour of the backs of a couple sat on a bench facing the sea

The Outing

Algie and Doreen were in fine, nattering form: "We're hoping the rain holds off" Algie told me. Like me, they had arrived early. Sitting beside my wheelchair space at the front of the coach, Doreen, a plump woman with frizzy salt-and-pepper hair, unpacked her bag, handed Algie his copy of ...

100 Meters – Time Is (A Communal Poetry Exercise)

A friend appeared to be talking to me on messenger. After a polite intro the talk turned to receiving funding. Aye up!!! This now looks like he’s been hacked. I mail an alert to him. He confirms the hack. He asks how my time on the dole is going. I ...

four Asian women pose for the camera with pieces of paper in their hands

Punjabi Women’s Writing Group

May 2018 was the start to something new, something quite out of the ordinary… it was the start to Wolverhampton’s first ever Punjabi Women’s Writing Group. There are a few Punjabi Shyiaree (poetry) groups around but none which is dedicated to and run by Punjabi Women. Offa’s Press manager, Simon Fletcher, has ...

Acorn: Everything Changes Daily

A response to Yoko Ono’s Sky Piece IV. Her imagination puts me in her place, moves me home, finds me redundant, failing interviews and brings back a memory of someone else I never kissed. Make a list of all the people you never kissed. Reach out to them. Those last ...

Here the Curator Speaks of Shape Shifting Spaces

Cut Up Review of Space Shifters @ Hayward Gallery, 26th September 2018 - 6th January 2019 (including portions of a press release from Drag; Self-Portraits and Body Politics – no longer at the Hayward.) I attended an exhibition. It confounded me. What do you write about ...

642; Our Diet and a Diet for Getting Fat

The table marks your place. You are low grade caste below. At the end of the hall the staff are elevated. Status gilded on a plate; they don’t eat what we eat. They are apart, they sit apart, talk amongst themselves, retain special privileges. A word or sound out of ...

Signs: A Room And A View

In spite of appearances this simple story is not a crack at the young for failing to take up the civil rights baton. It is a look into the future based on stories of the war the older generation used to festoon me with. Well, festoon being an exaggeration actually. ...