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For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture

The blog section of the DAO website provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.

Husband Rupert assisting Tesco Delivery Man

Here is a photo of my husband with the Tesco Delivery Man, in theory, as I am home shielding, I shouldn’t have been sleeping in the same bed as him, or enjoying baths together, or indeed eating together, for however many weeks it has been. Lord Baden Powell’s statue has come down.  My dad would be ...

Crippen supports the UK Disability Arts Alliance ‘We Shall Not Be Removed’ who are responding to the current crisis

An alliance of disabled people working across the UK creative industries have come together to campaign for an inclusive cultural recovery following the Covid 19 pandemic. Called ‘We shall not be removed’, this is an emergency response led by disabled people for disabled people working across the UK’s creative industries. Designed as a forum to advocate, ...

reflecting on racist killers

  some Killer Mike here: Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P Talk Police, Rioting, White Privilege and ‘RTJ4’ some Audrey Lorde here: The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House much love&rage to yu's all

Hope

I've been floating in the space named isolation. Floating with no breeze, no current, to inspire resistance. Nothing to motivate vague tentacles of curiosity to drop anchor. To stay. My words withdraw in protective whorls of introspection, become individual letters, fonts, images. My images dissolve into atoms of ink, flavours of paper. Writing these blogs produces small ...

I hope this blog post finds you well in these strange and crinkly times

Do you ever look at a hand-knit jumper, or any knitting really and just feel totally blown away by the idea that it’s just one long piece of string? I do all the time. Well, not all the time, I’d never get anything done. I am blown away by it occasionally when I see some ...

The Privilege of Violence

Violence, we don't really talk about it, which ones we support, which ones we don't. The toppling of the Edward Colston statue has upset some people, they cite the money he gave to Bristol and minimise the murders of his slave trading. Why not have a statue of Ian Brady, he actually killed less people ...

Words On A Post Card; From the Birds

Found this on a facebook memory, adapted it for a post card. Protect the notes you throw away. Make something with them. Learn you are a poet.Words On A Post Card; From the BirdsRecent readingsFirst a crow flew fastlyThen a nightingale 12 months on Then you wrote your flight of fancySo we go reading on4th ...

It’s not the end of the world, you know

This poem is related to the Polish poet Milosz's poem Song on the End of the World and the Shakers dance on the same subject. It’s not the end of the world, you know It’s not the end of the world, you know said my mother as she stuck a plaster on my knee. It is – it’s bleeding ...

Crippen asks Keir Starmer to stand up and be counted

Keir Starmer will need to address a series of pledges that he made to disabled people during his successful campaign to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. During his leadership campaign Keir Starmer called for “radical action” on social care with the introduction of free social care and a legal right to independent living. He also backed ...

Crippen offers a tribute to Disabled activist Manjeet Kaur

Disabled activist and advocate for disabled asylum seekers, Manjeet Kaur has died at her home in Manchester. Manjeet was involved in many campaigns around the country. Ellen Clifford from DPAC recalls “the first time I met Manjeet was at a national anti-bedroom tax conference in London. She had come down with campaign groups from the greater ...