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Awkward Bastards challenging the absence of diversity from the cultural landscape

DASH's Awkwards Bastards symposium returns for another year, in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and mac Birmingham, taking place at the mac on 22-23 March. I caught the morning session of the first day via livestream. With introductions from Caro Parker and Mike Layward, DASH began their day with ...

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 ...

Photograph of Alex Cowan in a loft carrying a box

Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, Digs DAM History

In his latest blog, Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, explores just what made the Disability Arts Movement (DAM) history so accessible – those who went before him.

“The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson) “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in the
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Photo of Kuli smiling at the camera, whilst leaning over the side of a narrow boat

Words on Water

On 20 August 2016, I was invited to attend a writing workshop ‘Words on Water’ on the Llangollen Canal at Lyneal Warf in Shropshire. The event was lead by novelist and poet Jeff Phelps, and organised by Simon Fletcher who’s working on Literature Tent at Merefest 2016 in ...

Kuli Kohli sat on the edge of a stage giving a reading into a microphone.

Permission to Perform

In May 2016, I was invited to take part in ‘Permission to Perform’ workshop and performance gig for disabled people at the Newhampton Arts Centre. The workshop was organised by Alan McLean of One Voice of Wolverhampton and funded by Arts Council England. The event was led by Robin ...

Editor’s Pride

Last year, Blakenhall Writers Group, in Wolverhampton, was successful in gaining Arts Council England funding to produce an anthology of poetry and prose. It was our first funding request for Blakenhall Writers and we were delighted when we were granted just over a thousand pounds. The whole process, ...

A photograph of a performance from the Is that all there is conference. 3 performers in 1930s costumes are watched by a crowd, two of them are handling large suitcases.

Nick Priest reflects on the ‘Is that all there is?’ conference

'Is that all there is?' was a two-day conference organised by Open Theatre Company designed to encourage fresh thinking about involving young learning-disabled people in the arts. It took place at Birmingham Hippodrome 9-10 March 2016.  Well, the ‘Is That All There Is?’ conference is in the books, and will go down ...

A photograph taken from the Is that all there is conference depicting delegates taking part in a workshop exercise.

Katie Wilson’s thoughts on the ‘Is that all there is’ conference

'Is that all there is?' was a two-day conference organised by Open Theatre Company designed to encourage fresh thinking about involving young learning-disabled people in the arts. It took place at Birmingham Hippodrome 9-10 March 2016.  Theatre needs to be accessible so learning disabled people don’t need a degree ...

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Being in the Spotlight

On 8th March 2016, it was International Women’s Day. I had been invited to ‘City Voices’ to perform my poetry with a short interview. 'City Voices' is a live literature event on the second Tuesday of the month (7.30-9pm) at the Lych Gate tavern, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TX. Organised by 

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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 ...