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Gary Thomas receives new funding from ACE for new writing

So last year, 2019, was an OK year work wise. I was checking and not including the Arts Council funding I got for my memoir in January, I did two further applications to the DYCP strand, both rejected. Since then I've been reliably informed that there's a 5% success rate ...

A New Generation of Troublemakers!

Let’s face it, I am not getting any younger. I am hitting the big 5-0 this year: my boobs are a trip hazard, my chins like to go forth and multiply, and I couldn’t tell you who is in the charts. 50 is the age when you can get help ...

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Liz Bentley and giardia while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Woman

How exciting it was when the delivery man was a woman, and what a lovely large cucumber she bought me, well in its sell by date. This weeks shopping was hard for me to do because I had nausea. I'm too old to be pregnant and I soon put two and ...

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Women’s Art Activism – Provocation and Politics: The Personal is Political

Join me on 8 March 2020 at 1pm Parliament Square at the statue of Millicent Fawcett to march and celebrate International Women’s Day with Performance Artist Michelle Baharier AKA MichelleDuchamp, Michelle Anglo and @dyslxicRant on twitter or @bahariermichelle on Instagram Be your own personification of a woman who inspires you and perform with me ...

Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and in 2012 I made work that celebrated the London Olympics and the Paralympics but also Charles Dickens' bi-centenary, depicting Miss Havisham's Wedding Dress. It's now being brought out of storage for a new show, Impatient! Stories of service user advocacy at Bethlem Museum of ...

A Camera Shy Show-Off

Many people express amazement, fascination and sometimes gentle envy at what seems to be my life. I’m not that famous, I’m not a celebrity and I certainly don’t have that sort of bank balance. Who really does in the arts? In my hometown of Hastings I am recognised on the street ...

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The JOY of Theatre

Turtle Key Arts have a long-standing reputation in their role as creative producers advancing participation in the arts by disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded people. For the second year running they partnered with the Lyric, Hammersmith to produce JOY – a flagship project of the Hammersmith and Fulham ArtsFest showcasing ...

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Pimp My Unicorn! 

With Norwich Pride only 50 days away, it is sad to report that the annual Pride Without Prejudice art show has had to be cancelled due to a lack of bookings. Dismayed at this news I have booked the whole of St Margaret’s Church of Art on St Benedict’s Street in ...

This 2011 poster image features a large photo of Zorras, Sandra with megaphone and Y with guitar, plus smaller photos of other performers and a handsome puppet. It reads: Saturday 2 April, Door open 7PM, show 8PM, Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Free! BYOB! Wheelchair accessible! Performances by Anna Le, Diane Torr, Lily, Ste McCabe, The Insecurity Font, Zorras and Scragfight. Short films by sharlene bamboat, The Paraffins and Miss Leggy Pee, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell + DJ Fuk You How Do You Do. Poetry. Music. Film. Theatre. Dance. Drag.

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain ...

Berlin: Cold City, Warm Welcome

A few years ago, I would never have dreamt of performing my work in public let alone flying out to Berlin to lecture German students about what it’s like being a British-Asian disabled woman writer. Last year I received an email from Dr. Katrin Röder, a professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu ...