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Photo Poem – Ode to Mod Tat

Went for a walk around London. Took Photos. Here are 6 of them captioned with the words Suited Hooligan Takes sprocket wrench to cathedral Before spraying Ode To Mod Tat Disorientating that The first picture is of a statue placed before office windows. The statue looks like a suited hooligan holding a sprocket wrench in his right ...

The Religious Model in Me

Thank you very much for visiting this blog on Disability Arts Online. A Pilgrimage for many. Please leave the offerings you prefer burnt in the spaces below the hymn from our movement The Religious Model in Me I am born in God, impaired In the arms of a God given family I am blessed I ...

Headshot of Lisette Auton in soft sepia tones

The Life Changing Power of Disability Arts

I am a writer, a poet, an actor and activist, a spoken word performer, a creative practitioner and facilitator, a feminist, a believer in human rights and kindness. I campaign and yell from roof tops. I decried the cuts and austerity which widened and widens the gap between haves and ...

Declaration; A View On The Colour Of Law

Another from the conservation campaign i'm involved in. Hot news... one of the organisations i got involved with as a campaigner - The Highgate Society - like my idea of having a poetry reading one Sunday afternoon and are giving me access to their hall. I'm looking for a little bit of ...

Collection of blurred circes

Eight Week Circle

I live my life in eight week intervals. Every two months a visit to the hospital brings injections into my veins, I allow these drugs to creep. The supposed antidote seeps. Into my mixed up body, where up is sideways and down is dead, the chronic dripping feeds me. Dripping ...

Two Party Poopers at a Party

I wrote this a while ago. I took the photo only recently. The quote below the windows is i presume from Orwell - a writer i never got into. I was looking for a picture to go with the words. I think Orwell meant you can see the writer, you ...

smile or starve

Smile Though the Welfare State is Breaking

I don't need to tell you about benefit cuts, sanctions, or brutal assessments, but what you might not know is that some job centres have therapists within them forcing people to be more positive. CBT is used to 'correct' 'faulty' thinking. You know the world isn't a harsh place, disabled people ...

watercolour painting of boats on a river with a shelter in the foreground

Just wait!

I had followed my usual routine. Rosie, my personal assistant, hauled off the duvet and replaced it with a towel (this replacement was to "preserve your modesty ducky" despite my assurance that she had most likely seen it all before) and then shunted up my boxer shorts and trousers. Fully dressed, ...

The Coat Hanger Man

There was this institution. Wasn't so bad as it happens. Though no one would choose to be there. There was an escape committee. Some of us imagined getting out more than we tried to get out. Me and the coat hanger man were two of those. Coat Hanger Man He wasn’t Gordon He ...

A shopkeeper in the Wet Bank

Return to paradise: part 2

In the second of a three-part blog diarising their latest trip to the West Bank as part of the Unlimited-funded It Was Paradise project, Rachel Gadsden and Tim Hayton report back on the middle four days. Tuesday 13th March. Merna arrives first thing, we are grateful for her constant ...