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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

This section of DAO provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

 

642; Magpies

‘642 Things To Write About’ instructs; ‘Write about something that was stolen from you’, not knowing about the history lesson that awaits. This is something of my time going back to special school. Tell me about your time? Say what was stolen? 642; Magpies Mopey Matilda moans and mithers about too much Post war housing Cold, condensed, no lagging The ...

We’ve Got Joy

I’m one of the many people attempting NaNoWriMo this month, which for the unfamiliar is when you try to write 50,000 words towards a long-form project in a month. The idea is basically that you write a very rough first draft of something without editing or deleting anything you’ve written and for people like me ...

Destruction makes way for creation

Creation and destruction are cycles of life, the universe relies upon both and it happens all around us as the seasons pass. As people with illness or disability, we often see this daily as we struggle with pain, mobility and even operations. I have been working on a series of artworks where I “destroy” existing ...

An actor’s life on tour – Robin MacDonald

Robin MacDonald is an autistic actor who always puts 100% into every perfomance. He first saw ‘It’s my move’ as a performing arts student at Southgate/Barnet college. He then asked to do work experience with Face Front and when he finished his course was accepted as a supported artist by the company. His talent, commitment, ...

Pimp My Winter Unicorn!

Excuse this cut and paste missive, but I wanted to tell you about this event and life keeps getting in the way! Saturday 30 November 2019! Art, Activism, Fun, Stalls, Performers! For the People, By the People, The First Social & Fundraiser for Pimp My Unicorn 2020 Saturday 30 November 2019 at Christchurch Centre, Magdalen Road, Norwich NR3 4LA Parking right outside. Check ...

Liz Bentley’s thoughts about her time working in the NHS while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man

I worked for over 10 years as a psychotherapist in the NHS, managing a counselling service at a Bermondsey GP surgery. My job consisted of giving all patients who were referred for counselling as much support as they needed.  We had good links with the Maudesly, the community mental health teams and other charitable low-cost ...

Lines on a forthcoming election – My Next Community Exercise

We are looking for 4 lines or more, preferably in rhyme, giving hopes, fears or couldn't care less comments on the forthcoming election. Your contributions will be read at our celebration of the International Day of Disabled People 2019 - 'Under The Poet Tree REaD Rhymes Live' at: The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR 6.30 ...

Black Widow. 1

Random thoughts collected during diagnosis, treatment and recovery from Prostrate Cancer. An incoherent, rambling mess of a story with nothing to say and nowhere to go. She lies coy between the sheets dreaming she could be everything Mr Zim wanted his Tarantula to be. Wakeful now she sings sullenly soft sweet songs of sentiment to snare ...

‘It’s my move’ 2019 by Ellen Goodey

Ellen is a learning disabled actor, director, writer (plays and songs) and public speaker. She has worked on many tours to theatres and schools with Face Front Inclusive Theatre. In this blog she focuses on her role and experience of the touring interactive show ‘Its my move’ performing to audiences of learning disabled young people, ...

Signs; Sick Man’s Close

This street does not exist in Devon. Though it nearly did. It only exists now because I blanked some letters out. It took a little time. Not a difficult task. Then it just hung around, waiting to be given verse. I tried once. I tried again. I was disappointed. Then the images from a movement started ...