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.
January 6, 2016 - by Deborah Caulfield
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 4, 2016 - by Jane McCormick
Its Monday, it's January, I'm sick again.
January 4, 2016 - by Kaite O'Reilly
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
December 30, 2015 - by Esther Fox
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,
December 22, 2015 - by Clive Essame
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.
December 19, 2015 - by Kuli Kohli
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?’
December 17, 2015 - by Deborah Caulfield
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
December 17, 2015 - by Colin Hambrook
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
December 14, 2015 - by Penny Pepper
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
December 11, 2015 - by Clive Essame
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