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It’s been a long journey…

Four and a half years to be precise. Back in 2014 I received a small project grant from Creative Case North to work on a collaborative project. I wanted to place a disabled artist with an organisation to be able to do a residency which was about their professional development ...

Headshot of Lisette Auton in soft sepia tones

The Life Changing Power of Disability Arts

I am a writer, a poet, an actor and activist, a spoken word performer, a creative practitioner and facilitator, a feminist, a believer in human rights and kindness. I campaign and yell from roof tops. I decried the cuts and austerity which widened and widens the gap between haves and ...

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 ...

Image of a head with several rooms in which tortuous acts are visualised as a metaphor for everything we're not allowed to say about our oppression by the powers that be

is hearing the voice durhams uncritical promoting ov eugenicist awarded medal by göring cooool?

godwins laws some internet-saying as discussion grows anything will end compared to hitler but hearing the voice durham do include writings ov eugenicist given medal by göring in their current exhibition / online & completely without context & ...

New Years News

Happy 2017. Hopefully better than last year. This is a little of what I'm up to. I'm looking forward to making new collaborations and re-igniting old ones. I'm hoping to further my work around Weather and Climate Change and how that ties in with wellbeing. This will combine making and curating. UNFIXED ...

abstract image with the text 'too much poetrys middle ov the ode' from an e-book by sean burn,

comin ov rage

(some) brokenword in brokentimes - dedicated to all on diy 13 (in leith - season, rhea, rebecca, nathaniel, andrea, alexandrina) plus lada in general / also celf / daily life unlimited / dash / dao / madstudiers all sides all borders (... mad studies north east collective, launchpad, qmu / ...

Paper

I’m a bit unsure what to say about this poem. No. That’s not right, I’m not unsure what to say, I am unsure what I should say. Whether it should be explained. This might all sound like a lot of ideas, but it’s what I had on my mind, and ...

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
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storm is risin. 2016. 9’51”

sound-art these end times -updated sonic response to some monologues from redvoice first created and performed at birminghams beyond the boundaries festival back in 2004. that live performance accompanied by free-improv musicians keith jafrate and dave kane. redvoice was subsequently published in edgecities, skrev press, 2006. on discharge from particularly ...

A photograph of two sets of lego minifigures under a bell jar

Artists Union of England

I have recently been elected to the Executive of the Artists Union of England. There has never been a time more relevant for unions or when thay have been needed as much as today in the face of pernicious austerity and dogmatic cuts that benefit the rich and leave the poor ...