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CRIPtic Arts | JAMIE HALE Podcast Episode 1

In the first episode the brains behind the company Jamie Hale talks to producer Mik Scarlet about all things CRIPtic, the Barbican performance on 19th and 20th 2021 and what is next for Jamie. Grab a cuppa and come join us for the first episode! Jamie Hale is a queer / ...

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Black Widow 11

Steve felt safe on the streets. Little fazed him. Crowds, gangs. He thought he had the power to simply disappear from view. The crowd, the gang; approached. He just walked through it. Immune to danger. As safe as milk in places that may or may not be homogenised. Steve would ...

Baby Blue beach hut

The Liz Bentley Delivery Woman with her Creative Future short-listed Poem that didn’t win, on National Poetry Day

    Chocolate Covered Honeycomb   We drive along the Esplanade, sea weed air like rancid cabbage Seeping through closed windows of the Austin Traveller My heart sinks. The tide is out. Again   Stoney beach with hard white dog shit hides between sand and shell Black tar smudges on legs and between toes The stains will remain till next ...

A Poem I wrote while on Hold to PIP

Congratulations, you were born disabled But be warned You’ll spend your life on hold And filling in forms  Congratulations, you were born disabled Be prepared To contort and conform So they leave you alone  Congratulations, you were born disabled

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Crippen asks you to challenge the proposed changes to border policies

Apart from the travel restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, the government are now making changes to border policies which means that many overseas personal assistants (PAs), who disabled people rely upon for their everyday care and support needs, can no longer come into the country and work.  We therefore need ...

Juice; The Next Day

Inspired by Yoko’s Snow Piece, remembering one of the worse songs I know; Fairport’s “If I had a ribbon bow” and then purloining The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Gift’ plus lyrics stolen through googles searches of songs I don’t know like Dinah Washington’s ‘Make me a present out of you’, ‘Chris ...

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The miracle of Zoom

I had a work call this evening, it only lasted about 40 minutes , but it took 2 days of planning to get my brain in fit state for me to show up. I needed 20 hours of sleep, 3 cups of coffee, 2 doses of industrial strength painkillers. A ...

a cartoon of the new minister for disabled people Chloe Smith pushing Justin Tomlinson of a cliff and down into the tory party political graveyard.

Crippen despairs as yet another minister for disabled people bites the dust

I’ve lost count of the minister’s for disabled people who have been given the boot following their participation in yet another ill thought out strategy for our future. Just as Justin Tomlinson was about to face a common’s select committee to answer questions about his part in the national disability strategy ...

manyfesto : a gift

during our time channeling fat, mad, bigkid, bisexual dissidence, promoting the right to play & disrupting edinburgh - art festival & all (thanx edinburgh printmakers & futures venture radical art fund) - we worked with a whole bunch to ask questions & come up with a manyfesto : crowdsourcing change ...

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Crippen and the increase in government spending … all 29.5p of it!

Well, there you have it. This government place so much value on us Crips that they’ve decided to increase spending on services for disabled people by an incredible … 29.5p per person! Launched on the back of the government’s new National Disability Strategy – which promises to bring about “practical and ...