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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 ...

Nine people sit or lie on a mattress in a small room, crowded closely together, looking into the camera. They all read from books. One of them is using British Sign Language. Left to right: Robert Softley Gale, Nathan Gale, Lake Montgomery, Sandra Alland, Izdihar Alodhami, Bea Webster, Cate Lauder, Matson Lawrence, Chris Red. Photo by Ania Urbanowska (still from filming).

Equivalence

Following on from my last blog post, I've continued to develop the staged reading of my short story, "Equivalence". While receiving choreographic/movement mentorship from Claire Cunningham and Caroline Bowditch, I was also planning a film shoot at my new flat (uh-oh time to unpack!) with nine performers, a ...

Flying and Falling

I have been very unlucky and very lucky this year. One of my pieces of luck was a commission from Manchester's Comma Press to write a short story around the idea of 'Einstein's Elevator', a thought experiment of the Equivalence Principle. I was lucky, also, to have Chilean-Canadian physicist and artist, ...

Blog Launch: Surgeons’ Hall Horror Show

Today I’m launching my DAO blog, which will mostly feature information and updates about my ongoing disabled- and Deaf-themed art projects and collaborations. I also like to write about other artists who create, interrogate and interrupt narratives around disability, Deaf culture, (a)gender, class, (a)sexuality, colonialism and race – and my ...

An image of the torso of a man sporting a variety of labels such as 'average', 'awkward', 'dribbler', 'overcome'. He wears a stethoscope attached to his chest

Disabled is the new able / 30 September 2015

I was at the Edinburgh festival this year. I sat on a panel entitled ‘Disability a creative advantage’ which was a fun bit of rhetorical cant. But, the thing that struck me most was the presence of disability; it was everywhere, it’s like a new ‘art’ fashion. Will there be lines ...

Lost Voice Guy and a plush puppet man pose on a fake cover of a book 'Disability for Dunces' to advertise his Edinburgh show

Edinburgh: Lost Voice Guy / 23 September 2015

I tried stand-up once and it was horrible. Being used to the open-armed cabaret audience I was surprised to find that comedy punters were a lot more ‘Go on then, do your jokes’ than ‘Yay! Jokes!’ Not exactly how a life-long jazz fiend had imagined her first gig at Ronnie ...

“There’s no rule about what an artist should do” / 29 June 2015

Ahead of his first Edinburgh Fringe show Easy For You To Say, I met up with punk poet Rowan James to welcome him to my neck of the woods and find out his ambitions and motives behind the piece. Rowan has been based in Ipswich for many years but has come ...