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Declaration 17; Our Property No Longer Ours

The conservation battle we waged for a community building was lost when the council signed off a lease to an organisation from Hong Kong whose accounts are registered in the Cayman Islands. Their gain being our loss. Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads: 1. Everyone has the right ...

a close up of the iron gates

Looking Back

With the help of funding from Arts Council England I’ve been in Liverpool researching my families connections to this city and their long history as printmakers, which I only found out about long after I fell in love with printmaking. I guess you could say it’s in the genes. Kilburn printers ...

Measuring Up! Week 5

Hello and welcome to Week 5 of the Measuring Up project! It’s All Coming together! This week we moved from the rehearsal room into the studio. Jocelyn has completed the floor cloth and it was down and ready for me to explore. It is truly beautiful, based on a Mondrian design, there is ...

Declaration 15 – What is nationality?

I guess we are all looking into our identities nowadays deciding which labels we choose to wear. This was written for a local campaign i was supporting in darkest Hornsey at a time when a national question engaged us all. The strategy I adopt in the campaign is to focus ...

The first frost has fallen

The first frost has fallen, The leaves have turned golden, Days are becoming shorter, Squirrels are gathering their nuts, Winter clothes are back in the wardrobe, Hats and gloves are ready to be worn, Nights are becoming colder, Birds begin to fly south, Windy, wet weather seems to be constant, Wet leaves make a slippery ground, Hot chocolates become a ...

Measuring Up! Week Four

Hello and welcome to Week 4 of the Measuring Up project. This week we have been rehearsing and focusing on the Sign Language. Rachel, our sign language interpreter, is an actor with BSL Level 2 and we always knew that she would need some support from professional interpreters to ensure the ...

A ration book

Why waiting is an issue for Liz Bentley, while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man (or ocassionally woman)

It is normal to have presents on Christmas morning but my parents made us wait until 3pm. We had to eat dinner (which I began throwing up age 16), wash up, walk the dog and then we’d sit down in the cold front room and Dad would put the Christmas ...

The Challenge; 5 Random Words

I am facilitating a poetry group at the Highgate Society on the first Monday of the month (6.30-8.30pm fact fans). It's basically an open mic. But the group also decided to set a poetry challenge at each meeting. And these will make up my latest theme on the DAO blog. The ...

Image shows a vision board by set designer Jocelyn Meall, including images of compasses, clocks, dice and other things relating to the conceptual design of the piece.

Measuring Up! Week Three

Hello and welcome to week three of the Measuring Up project blog. The Clock Is Ticking Yes, the clock has been ticking in more ways than one this week. It’s our last opportunity to make new work, as next Monday we will start to rehearse. Personally, I have had to work hard to ...

Signs; (The Ecology) Of Accessible Loos – A Community Exercise

Disability Arts Online are planning a major exhibition/arts event Contested Spaces launching on 24 September at The Foundry in South London. I have been asked to curate poetry events acknowledging World Mental Health Day and the International Day of Disabled People on 9 October and 3 December respectively. I ...