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Juice: Inert then Active

In response to Yoko Ono’s Voice Piece for Soprano. Some people scream better than others, some for themselves and yet more for others. My preference was always to be still, be silent, safe and peaceful. I’ve lived in places where I was quiet to my peril and admonished when I ...

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DET, The Medical Model and Me

A long drawn out recovery demonstrating the next part of my Disability Equality Training Course as poetry DET, The Medical Model and Me I am impaired Where do I go to get fixed? Where can I be changed? Where can I go to get right? Where oh where do I start my search? I don’t fit in I ...

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It’s a conversation

It's a conversation, I just can't have tonight, despite your desperation, i am ready to take flight. I look at you, you look at me, I can see a storm waiting to brew, as you do nothing but insult me. You won't admit when you are wrong, It's always all about you, you make me feel like I don't belong, If ...

My New Memoir

MY MEMOIR. How & Why I’m sitting here trying to remember how my memoir actually came about. I think, because of the life I’ve had – being born with a flat nose and cleft palate, not being able to talk properly until I was 10, and having mental health issues (some of ...

100 Meters – Blank Verse

100 Meters – Blank Verse It’s early morning. My brain is drained by sleep. There is nothing to say. Nothing I would choose to say. So, I start with a blank page. My nascent career as a performance, soon to be published, poet has begun. Deep in the recess thoughts begin ...

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It was hard to say goodbye

Trigger warnings: Death. Not my best poem, but these furry best friends do know how to leave a hole in our hearts. Rest in Peace, Morgan! You were my furry best friend, We had a strong bond, you and I, We were like two peas in a pod, So it was very hard to say ...

This 2011 poster image features a large photo of Zorras, Sandra with megaphone and Y with guitar, plus smaller photos of other performers and a handsome puppet. It reads: Saturday 2 April, Door open 7PM, show 8PM, Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Free! BYOB! Wheelchair accessible! Performances by Anna Le, Diane Torr, Lily, Ste McCabe, The Insecurity Font, Zorras and Scragfight. Short films by sharlene bamboat, The Paraffins and Miss Leggy Pee, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell + DJ Fuk You How Do You Do. Poetry. Music. Film. Theatre. Dance. Drag.

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain why ...

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Introductions: A Perfect Shell

Here's something I've been thinking through: making introductions to performed poems with performed poems. This has come about due to being more involved with performance and MC-ing with  my current curator role at REaD Rhymes Live. I'm not sure i'll be taking it any further forward but here's a fairly ...

Time Heals?

Hopes Health and Healing ~ An Update

On the 21st December 2018 I was rushed into my local hospital seriously ill with a very high temperature. I found I couldn't eat, drink or swallow anything, was in a lot of pain, struggling to breathe and vomiting blood. It all happened so fast. Even in the morning despite ...

642: How’s My State of Mind

Instruction manual 642 Things to Write About requires me to post some facebook status’s. Here’s a line or two. Facebook timeline asks daily Whats on your mind? I start a collection Tell me below what you would tell facebook today. 642 How’s My State of Mind Facebook I’m not paranoid Facebook I’m not delusional Facebook I’m not sad or ...