Disability Arts Online are planning a major exhibition/arts event Contested Spaces launching on 24 September at The Foundry in South London. I have been asked to curate poetry events acknowledging World Mental Health Day and the International Day of Disabled People on 9 October and 3 December respectively. I have called on many of my favourites from the Disability Arts and Survivors Movements. Be nice to see you all attend this magnificent beast.
In the meantime here’s a little thing that will be running throughout the event. An exercise where you can add your own couplets to be read (with your name) during Under the Poet Tree – REaD Rhymes Live on 9th October and 3rd December.
Add your couplets below (send your photographs too), for things that can be found in an accessible loo. It can be real or made up. True or false? Here’s my example to get you going. You might also want to share this exercise on social media. Get involved.
(The Ecology) Of Accessible Loos – (A 2nd Community Exercise)
A quivering wreck of limp jelly babies
An assistance dog being tested for rabies
The shimmering steel of a Waitrose trolley
A Madpride Manifesto left behind by Dolly
A sliver of stammers belonging to Rich
Two people with scabies they’re longing to itch
A pile of old deck chairs. What are they doing there?
Left by an entrepreneur without any care
An imprint of police boots busting a girl named Sue
Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor and a whole rack of cues