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artistCockburn, Paul. F.

Edinburgh-based freelance journalist: specialises in arts & culture, disability issues, and military resettlement. Recent articles and reviews have appeared in regional and national publications including Able, Disability Arts Online, The Herald,, and Scotland on Sunday.

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Opinion Within Sight – Ellen Renton on creating a multi-media experience from a spoken word performance

Ellen Renton discusses her Unlimited-supported show, ‘Within Sight’, with Paul F Cockburn. 'Within Sight' is a one-woman poetry narrative about running, the Paralympics and societal attitudes towards disabled people, created by Scottish spoken word performer Ellen Renton. At heart a poetry show, 'Within Sight' utilises physical ...

Opinion ‘Sexxxy Beasts and Wheelchairs’ at SQIFF

Deaf and Disabled filmmakers and artists take control of porn narratives at this year’s Scottish Queer International Film Festival, as Paul F Cockburn learns. This October the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) returns to Glasgow for its fifth year, bringing together work by a wide ...

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Opinion Edinburgh Festival Fringe – review roundup

Veteran Fringe reviewer, Paul F Cockburn delivers a series of micro-reviews from Edinburgh Fringe, all of the work featuring disabled talent. Resurrecting Bobby Awl This telling of Richard Kirkwood’s story is a fractured call for identity and recognition. Robert Kirkwood was so physically disabled that his parents ...

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Opinion Pick of the Fringe

Disabled performers and artists are making their presence felt in Edinburgh this August, as Paul F Cockburn discovers. Hope springs eternal at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; regardless of the growing success of other festivals around the world, the Scottish capital in August is where creative careers ...

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Opinion Artist Jo Bannon on why ‘We Are Fucked’

We Are Fucked is a new performance work by artist Jo Bannon which explores desire, sexuality and neoliberalism. Its focus is on the modern feminist experience of personal, psychological and political penetration, as she tells Paul F Cockburn. It’s the obvious question to ask, and yet it ...

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Opinion Birds of Paradise Theatre Company: 25 and still flying!

Glasgow-based, disability-led Birds of Paradise Theatre Company is celebrating its 25th birthday during 2018 but, as artistic director Robert Softley-Gale tells Paul F Cockburn, they are far from complacent about the future. It’s a notable achievement for any arts organisation – let alone a disability-led one ...

Opinion Solar Bear break new ground with a production of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Love and Information’

A new touring production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information is an excellent showcase for a young cast from the UK's only performance degree for D/deaf actors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in collaboration with leading Scottish company Solar Bear. Review by Paul F ...

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Opinion Access at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF)

From the start, the organisers of the annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival were determined their event would be as fully accessible as possible, as Festival Coordinator Helen Wright explains to Paul F Cockburn. The not-for-profit Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) was launched in 2015 ...

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Opinion Mind the Gap’s Mia, Daughters of Fortune: don’t drop the baby

Informative but not necessarily engaging: Paul F Cockburn reviews Mind the Gap’s theatrical exploration of learning disabilities and parenthood, currently playing at Summerhall, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Around 2% of people in England have a learning disability. Around 7% of them are parents. Around two ...