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Spoken Words

On Tuesday 11 April 2017, I performed on my own at City Voices event  at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton. In the past I have had help and support via friends with reciting my poetry and stories as I didn't have enough confidence to read my ...

A photo of spoken word performer Kuli Kohli dressed as Wonder Woman taken through a pink filter

‘All The Things We Could Have Been’ – a new performance project led by Robin Surgeoner

In October 2016, I was approached by Robin Surgeoner (AKA Angryfish) who is a Writer, Performer, Workshop Leader, Qualified Trainer and Disabled Artist. He was developing a special performance of his one man play "All The Things We Could Have Been". At first I didn't really know what to ...

Blind Willie McTell

The Legacy of the Blues

The Legacy of the Blues: The Art and Lives of twelve great bluesmen by Samuel Charters. I bought a copy of this book originally in a charity shop, back in the 1980s. From time to time I would read bits of it. However, I had drifted away from the blues, a ...

The Journey: Becoming a Published Poet

In March this year I was approached by Offa's Press to submit material for a poetry pamphlet. The Offa's Press manager, Simon Fletcher, was searching for three new voices from the West Midlands region to produce three pamphlets by the autumn of 2016. I sent in a collection of poetry ...

Nine people sit or lie on a mattress in a small room, crowded closely together, looking into the camera. They all read from books. One of them is using British Sign Language. Left to right: Robert Softley Gale, Nathan Gale, Lake Montgomery, Sandra Alland, Izdihar Alodhami, Bea Webster, Cate Lauder, Matson Lawrence, Chris Red. Photo by Ania Urbanowska (still from filming).

Equivalence

Following on from my last blog post, I've continued to develop the staged reading of my short story, "Equivalence". While receiving choreographic/movement mentorship from Claire Cunningham and Caroline Bowditch, I was also planning a film shoot at my new flat (uh-oh time to unpack!) with nine performers, a ...

Blog Launch: Surgeons’ Hall Horror Show

Today I’m launching my DAO blog, which will mostly feature information and updates about my ongoing disabled- and Deaf-themed art projects and collaborations. I also like to write about other artists who create, interrogate and interrupt narratives around disability, Deaf culture, (a)gender, class, (a)sexuality, colonialism and race – and my ...

image of a series of dolls with impairments

Daily Paralympics

Recently, I’ve had a few falls that knocked my confidence about. The thing about falling is that I always manage to get back up again; for those watching it’s quite shocking, however, for me it’s a regular activity.  My bodily balance isn't in equilibrium at the best of times but ...

A Wolverhampton Winner

I entered a poetry competition in 2011 where I had to write a poem about Wolverhampton City. I wanted to write something compelling, catchy and clever. Many ideas about Wolverhampton entered my head. A thought came to mind: ‘What is it that makes Wolverhampton?' It’s the people. What gives the people a sense ...

photo of writer Kuli Kholi

The Writing Group – Gave Life to My Words

I have struggled to speak up for myself in the past which is the main the reason I write. I have always been a writer, it was a means of getting the sealed emotions, feelings and desires out of me. I had no professional to guide or teach me to ...

Le Gateau Chocolat poses in false eyelashes, glittering make-up and feathers, looking away from the camera

Edinburgh Fringe Picks / 30 July 2015

Thrilled as I am to be representing DAO at the Fringe this year, from even the briefest glance at the programme I can tell I'm going to be a whimpering, knackered mess by the end. There are so many performances and events by and for disabled artists this year that ...