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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.

The consequences of praise: Bafflement, weirdness and wondrousness. / 6 January 2016

Today I received praise for my writing. It felt good. And weird. I wonder why ... My earliest memory of being praised was a teacher congratulating me for passing the eleven plus exam. I was baffled. I didn't even know I'd taken it. Then I remembered the strange test we'd all been made to sit. However, I still ...

January

Its Monday, it's January, I'm sick again.

Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors: Selected Plays to be published in sync with the launch of Cosy

I’m delighted to make this pre-publication announcement: Oberon books will publish five of my plays and performance texts to coincide with the World premiere of Cosy at the Wales Millennium Centre in March 2016. The news is so fresh, we haven’t yet settled on the image for the cover. I’ve been liaising with my agents and ...

The Game of Life

Christmas, amongst other things, is the season of games.  Reminiscing about a childhood favourite I started to contemplate The Game of Life. This board game simulates a person's travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage, and possible children along the way.  I loved the plastic landscape with bridges, churches, ...

The best place to write a play!

There can be few places that can be better to write a play script than on the beach in Durban, South Africa! Having been so impressed by the work of South African actor/writer Ellis Pearson, and made a plan to tell the story I wanted to tell about disability and ‘difference’, I went home. I raised ...

A Wolverhampton Winner

I entered a poetry competition in 2011 where I had to write a poem about Wolverhampton City. I wanted to write something compelling, catchy and clever. Many ideas about Wolverhampton entered my head. A thought came to mind: ‘What is it that makes Wolverhampton?' It’s the people. What gives the people a sense of belonging to the city?’ ...

And now for something completely silly and totally other than what I should be doing. / 17 December 2015

I went to an exhibition yesterday. In typical form, I approached the task of writing the review back to front. Today, due to my ostensible need to verify and justify each and every word I write, I am not writing. I am researching; seeking, digging, poking, unearthing all manner of info, items and opinions, endlessly clicking and link ...

2015: The year impairment issues returned to the fore / 17 December 2015

In thinking about my round-up of the highlights of 2015 there are several events that stand out and a changing climate, culturally and politically, which are having an impact on the evolving beast that is disability arts. Last March, and for the third year running, SICK! Festival presented its increasingly influential showcase simultaneously in Brighton and ...

Exciting times, exhausting times / 14 December 2015

Times, they are exciting! Despite a broken shoulder and the gloom of winter zapping my stamina. I told you in my previous blog that I'd signed a contract with the publishers Unbound, who crowdfund the first edition of their books. There have been slow times and then flurries of activity. First of all, a big THANK YOU ...

Writer Clive Essame, creates innovative theatre inspired by the sounds and sights of the African bush./ 11 December 2015

People of all ages ask me why I have written two plays; Impisi is about disability and Mbali is about mental ill-health; using African wild animals as the main characters – good question! It all started in South Africa a few years ago when I was taken to see a performance by two amazing actors in ...