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Photo of the artists involved in the Fools' Gold project

Fools’ Gold: an artist intervention in the Art Gallery, New South Wales

I’ve been in Sydney, Australia a few weeks now working with Gaele Sobott of Outlandish Arts on Fools’ Gold - a pilot series of poetry workshops, performances and critical dialogues on art, mental health and well-being. The climax of the program was a performance in Art Gallery New South Wales ...

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 ...

Collage with images of Trump and May. On the left Trump is signing a document with the words ‘wall, patio, internment camp and mojos’ on it. Next is a photo of Trump and May holding up two fingers with the caption: Image gobscure: "The government I lead will be driven by the interest of the privileged few: up yours!"

The government I lead…

maydaymayday all the way mayday

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 ...

A Very Queer Nazi Faust – a brand new play by Vince Laws at Norwich Pride 2017

The play aims to highlight the plight of disabled humans under the current Tory government and the previous Tory /Lib Dem coalition. It features the DEAD PEOPLE DON’T CLAIM banner, and a host of local legends, telling ‘The Tragic True Life & Deserved Death of a Benefit Scrounger by Himself, ...

Making in Miniature

I have a love of tiny things; I find them intrinsically beautiful. Especially miniature scale versions of something initially designed to be much bigger. I am in the process of making many small boxes filled with handmade and bound books, sketchbooks and other little oddities. At University I specialised in designing and making silversmithing and ...

OCD – part of the Hidden Project series on Invisible impairment

This post was written by a friend of Root Experience. It sets out her journey with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how she lives with her compulsions. Published originally on the Root Experience blog as part of our Hidden Project. The Hidden Project culminates in an interactive exhibition, The Hubbub, ...

picture about fear

What if you can’t run and there’s nowhere to hide from yourself?

Three questions to get you started: With which of these statements do you agree or disagree?

  1. It's best to keep quiet about your mental health problem because it makes people think bad things about you.
  2. You can’t be both physically disabled and have mental health issues – you have to choose one
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History into Fiction: From Blind Asylums, to Glasgow Strikes and Riots (including Jujitsu Suffragettes!), to The 1920 Blind March

In this (rather long, sorry!) blog I discuss the process – and accidental discoveries – of writing my first historically-based short story, ‘Kick-Start’, about the roots of blind and disabled organising and resistance in the UK. Comma Press has just launched the hefty, hard-cover, Protest! Stories of ...

Isolte Avila and David Bower from Signdance Collective

Signdance Collective present ‘Carthage/ Cartagena’

Signdance Collective celebrate a 30-year anniversary with an international tour of Carthage/Cartagena by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and will be performing at Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm and Theaterlab, New York from July 19th -21st Set in an imagined despoiled, war-torn landscape, Carthage/Cartagena uncovers ...