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Black Widow 4

Late comers to 'Black Widow' may wish to go back to the start which began here. Down the road. Down the road he came across a lazing Lazy Susan wondering if she was fit like a pig on a spit for turning. Barely ...

Liz Bentley being comforted by the Tesco delivery man

Liz Bentley being comforted by the Tesco Delivery Man

I've been away, it was good to come home to a Tesco Delivery. One of the issues of internet shopping is sizing. I have in the past got excited about offers on wine, only to find when delivered they were little bottles, the same with coleslaw, and silver hoop earrings ...

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Dennis Queen: International Day of Disabled People 2019

On 3rd of December, as has been the tradition for the last several years, disabled people and our allies have come together in Manchester to celebrate International Day of Disabled People (IDDP) and Disability History Month. Each year we share a part of our still-mostly-hidden history and invite comics, musicians, ...

Black Widow 2

Late comers to Black Widow may wish to go back to the start which started here. The road is long. Someone added the winding. Spider is on the run. He has six weeks of exquisite boredom on his star chart. This ends with her feast. A death worth looking forward ...

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Diversions at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Over the past few months, I have been collaborating with the Hebrides Ensemble and Drake Music Scotland. I was initially commissioned to write a work for members of Hebrides Ensemble and  Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra, an ensemble of disabled musicians who play using a variety of digital instruments. This ...

Man giving poetry reading

2019 annual highlights

Recent events have given many of us a deep sense of foreboding – meaning, critically that the challenges disability communities around the country face will likely become ever more entrenched. Our only hope is in finding ways to strengthen the communities we are a part of and to find support ...

A Together! 2012 artist, (a preofessional muscian) stands with a sound responsive lantern in each hand, whilst another Together!2012 artist improvises vocals usinga mic.

Engage and Interact workshops, Together! 2012 artists lead the way.

As part of my Engage and Interact,  there were two workshops with project partners Together! 2012 In this blog, I give an overview of what took place. The first workshop utilised the audio to light technology developed on the project by Charles Mathews and supported by Help Musicians. The ...

Women Who Have Committed Suicide

The recent suicide of L’wren Scott appears to be overshadowed by headlines about Mick Jagger being her boyfriend e.g. ‘Mick Jagger says ‘’I will never forget her’’ and ‘Mick on stage in Australia when he hears the tragic news’.  Why would Ms Scott, a successful fashion designer with ‘A’ list ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog 7

After considerable time recovering from all my hard work creating a 360° online artwork and 2 insulations/live performances, I am trying to complete the final part of my R&D ‘Surroundings’ project. And this is where you dear blog readers, enter centre stage. To further the progress of my 'Surroundings' project, I will need your ...

Joanne plays cello, to the right of the picture BSL interpereter Laura Goulden, An audience member standing uses the ipad on a stand, an audience member wears a vibrotactile tabard

Audience Feedback shapes the future of Defiant Journey

I loved every minute of performing my scratch performance of Defiant journey at Stratford Circus. That is until near the end when basking with my cello under the beautiful lighting by David Abra and Charles Mathews I started to think, I have to write another funding application if I ...