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Thoughts on the election and accessible shopping – no delivery man this time!

These last few weeks have been difficult. Chronic insomnia and flu viruses affecting me and most of my family.  The general election on Thursday falls on ‘Perverse Verse’ my show I host at the Ivyhouse in Nunhead. It was supposed to be our Xmas Stocking show, it's changed into something ...

Acorn; My Sound Pieces

Yoko’s final sky piece in her book of Acorns makes me think of lines from Laurie Anderson’s Walking and Falling. Whilst Laurie falls, Yoko flies. Then sounds from what we used to call albums start to fill my head. I am transported back to the scouts and special school. Acorn; My ...

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Dyslexic Rant, the impact of Instagram part 2

This is a series of blogs/views about Instagram and artistic practice. Are you making work especially for Instagram has it changed your practice? Let me tell you about my drawings first.... I doodle all the time especially, when I am at meetings, I am a compulsive drawer, I love ...

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642; Roomie

642 things to write about instructs the writer to give testimony to a favourite room mate. I never had one. I considered giving the names and status of all those roomies who never became a favourite. DAO have recently discussed whether we are in a pre-disability arts era. I have ...

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Hello from me, Glen

Hello and welcome to my first blog ever! I have received Arts Council England funding to have mentoring and professional development in order to be able to access the art world as a Deaf artist, which I currently find very difficult. I need BSL (British Sign Language) interpretation for everything that ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

Liz with Tesco delivery man and big ben advent calendar

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 ...