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Usurprising

Together 2017’s Prisong by gobscure on show at East Ham Library until 15th December What’s in a name? gobscure? Small g standing for g who wants to be obscure, feels obscure, is obscure? g’s obscure practice that challenges you to look, inquire, think or feel the sickness and walk away? Maybe. ...

12 Days of Xmas

The 12 Days of Christmas My Psychiatrist Prescribed For Me

I hate Christmas. I don’t want to celebrate it as a religious festival or a consumerist tryst. But I do because the people I love do enjoy it. I find it stressful, it brings back traumatic memories, and I am in a dissociative fugue for most of it. Madness is wrapped ...

Faces in the Wardrobe

I Have Faces in my Wardrobe – A Poem

I have faces in my wardrobe It’s hard to know which one to wear Some are too worn And some not worn at all Hurt has become the rags that is now my skin If they go, I will be cold and naked against it all They say if you don’t wear something For a year then ...

Love and compassion from psychiatry

Love Notes from Psychiatry

There's something deeply wrong with psychiatry. It takes deeply hurt people and aims to numb them out of their humanity or hurt them more, by using disgusting language to make their souls feel small and their hurt feel larger, or use physical force, alienation, or indifference. Maybe I can drive home ...

Benefit Assessment Epitaph

The Script between Disabled People and Society

There is a thing going around facebook of a conversation between a woman with a vagina and the Republican Party, which inspired me to do something similar: the current script between disabled people and society. I hope people who don't understand the hell disabled people are forced into realise what ...

thinking error

Thought Not Found

What are you thinking? Are you thinking? Do you think about your thinking? How do you know you thinking about thinking correctly?  Do you know what to think about thinking? Come to think of it we don't think about thinking about thinking. Maybe it's time to truant every school of ...

A Daisy – A Day

The reviewer faces a debut DAISY day at DAISY (Disability Arts In Surrey). My first disability festival as a contributor. My first reading as a performance poet. But first…. there is always a first before a first. Others got there first. Maybe Armstrong never stepped on the moon and maybe ...

the pathologised self

The Pathologised Self

Recently I was at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin to talk about my involvement in a film about a psychiatrist with bipolar called 'The Wounded Healer'   I give Dr Ahmed Hankir a hard time in the film, and I gave the psychiatrists at the congress a hard ...

Aidan Moesby Between Stillness and Storm

Is the grass greener for disabled visual artists showing work at festivals instead of galleries?

Back in September I visited artist Aidan Moesby, who was showing his latest work ‘Between Stillness and Storm’ at Head for the Hills Festival in Ramsbottom, Lancs. Aidan and I have a shared interest in the weather and this forms the basis, the main data input and the conceptual underpinning ...

Take Responsibility for Being Tortured!

I was recently in Boston attending the World Hearing Voices Congress, thanks to a scholarship. I was there the same time as the Alt-Right rally at Boston Common. I met some cool people and laughed at the weedy Alt Right congregation vastly outnumbered by counter protesters. The fascists kept whining ...