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Tesco Delivery Man, from shielder to non shielder

This Tesco delivery man didn’t want to be photographed, nevertheless, I showed him my blog and photos of many of his colleagues which he enjoyed. Because of lockdown, delivery men aren’t allowed into houses to help with shopping so I sit on the piano stool by the door and take ...

hyena in petticoats

online exhibition / screening / album - from 19 nov, 7pm commissioned by together 2020 disability history month festival - film, online exhibition, e-zine of art / writing / activities because mary wollstonecraft wz bad, rad, bi, mutha, internationalist, feminist before the word, a writer & mad - she, disabilities included ...

Hope and Pray

This year has been challenging, The coronavirus has hit home, Having to wear masks, Standing two meters apart. How long will this go on for? Being glared at for coughing, Having to sneeze into your elbow, waiting for the shops to re-open. Oh, how I wish life would return back to normal, No one knows what normal is anymore, All ...

digital image of richard downes

Access Contextualised

A collection of 17 poems compiled as a contribution to UK Disability History Month. The compilation seeks to broaden the brush usually applied to access. Whilst access remains a key issue it has to be seen, in my opinion, only as a part of wider issues derived from approaches to experience ...

Juice; Slap

For Yoko’s Body Sound Tape Piece. Yoko your body sounds are kinder than mine, more curious too, though I have some good ones. Here I revisit a one off incident (well, twice is more than enough really) before going back to the violence of special school and then saving a concern for ...

Photograph of a toilet bowl with cartoon character peeking it's head of the edge. THe text Marcel was here is scribbled on it

I blame Marcel…

Marcel Duchamp wanted to change the way we think about art, claiming to make work for the brain rather than mere pleasure for the eyes. Duchamp might only have sought to throw a spanner into the art establishment to shake up the whole concept of art, but I wish he had ...

Tesco Delivery Man and Liz holding bananas

Masked Tesco Delivery Man suggested I hold something phallic

Every year, my parents and my sister would go on our annual family holiday and stay in a caravan in Cromer, Norfolk. One year, the Gibbons family joined us for a day. The Gibbons had three children, two girls the same age as my sister and I, and a younger ...

A lego figure surrounded by green leaves overlaid with pink text saying it's jack, it's behind you, oh no it isn't

This panto bites

No one in my family is mentioning the C-word. As festive season creeps closer, those of you who remember pantomime will no doubt be wondering how on earth you will cope without it this year I have astonishingly good news. You won’t have to! 2020 is the year the whole nation is invited ...

For What We Are About To Receive

I attended a class on Ritual once, listened to definitions, added lines of my own in order to make a prose piece. I have reviewed it. I have pointed out the errors. I have used it, used it again and used it afresh. This is for what you are about ...

A an older man's face looks away from the camera against the backdrop of a brick wall

Black Widow 6

Late comers to ‘Black Widow’ may wish to go back to the start which began here.He rolls a five. Calls Spring Onions. Spring’s not in. Cheese is absent. Names of bands roll around his head. The Real and the Invented. He listens to his voices. Wondering as he does ...