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History into Fiction: From Blind Asylums, to Glasgow Strikes and Riots 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 Resistance. In its ...

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 ...

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Authentic community led arts

And the challenges of truly & honestly reflecting participant’s creativity within the confines of an arts council funded project, by Artistic Director, Simon Magnus IDEAS When the idea for Root Experience's newest experience the Hidden Project, originally came to me a couple of years ago, I had a clearer notion of what the ...

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Introducing The Hidden Project

Hi, I’m Simon Magnus, the Artistic Director of Root Experience. We are a ground-breaking arts charity working to empower communities to make positive changes, using their own creativity and expression. The group’s latest endeavour, aims at breaking down stigmas and creating a culture of inclusion for people living with invisible ...

Five things you don’t know about Penny Pepper…

I hate apricots – who knew that? I think that’s enough, though I might sneak another one in later.  I’ve read far too much about how to do social media lately… Life has been a swing between work and health. Sometimes it’s more a stagger. Sometimes a bounce. Lots of news and I ...

Signs: Mind Steps aka Photo Poem for an Unresolved Election

    • Hornsey Town Hall Square, scene of public defeats, on an overcast day. In a low mood not alleviated by Dunns Bakery cakes feeling surrounded by depressing signs alluding to depressing times.
Some days there are signs everywhere. Portents of doom. Everything is rubbish. Next poem will use words.

Disconnect

Sitting among 20 odd old white folk Concessioned on a Monday To watch I Am Not Your Negro Suggests their civil rights struggle Became our entertainment Their martyrs our heroes As the celluloid image Recites the lines we know The songs we sing The police dance of brutality Moves choreographed with truncheons And I feel a disconnect As I think of Cameron And
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Transition, Reflection and Storytelling

It seems that I have been in a period of transition and reflection. My most recent exhibition Drawing Insight at Pallant House Gallery has finished. Being part of a collaborative project with it's fair share of ups and downs, has left me with many questions. What do I do and why? is ...

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‘Guide Gods’ by Claire Cunningham: review by Sarah Watson

I went to see Guide Gods as part of SICK! Festival 2017 at the Meeting House, University of Sussex I found lots of the small bits of this show very enjoyable. Claire Cunningham says of it that "as someone who doesn’t follow a faith" she realised that she didn’t know or ...

Signs: Crip Hero

I love this sign. I think its the most profound of them all. But its been a bugger. Something to work on. I hate work. Working on writing that is. What was I going to do with this sign? Then on waking up, the opening line came. Buts that’s all, ...