Diverse Critics

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Diverse Critics is a career development programme delivered in partnership between Disability Arts Online, Creative Scotland and The Skinny taking place between January and August 2020. Four aspiring disabled arts writers in Scotland are being supported as part of Diverse Critics. The programme includes one-to-one mentoring, writing assignments (across print and digital platforms), and workshops covering review and interview technique, opinion piece writing, and pitching strategies. The Skinny will publish participants’ work across its print and online editions alongside further paid opportunities for writing to be published on Disability Arts Online.

The selected writers are:

Julie Farrell is a disabled writer and accessibility consultant based in Edinburgh. She writes fiction and narrative non-fiction, and her young adult novel, Fractal, received a special mention from the Write Mentor Children’s Novel Award 2019. Disability, mental health and equality are prominent themes in her work.

Samar Ziadat (pictured) is an early career freelance curator, educator and activist based in Glasgow. She is the director of Dardishi Festival and currently works as an arts programmer at Glasgow Zine Library and the Scottish Queer International Film Festival.

Emily Rueggeberg is an art historian specialising in Modern and Contemporary Art, with a focus on Feminist and Performance Art. She was the Curatorial Fellow for the Hawn Gallery in Dallas, Texas (2017-18), and has curated exhibitions on queer culture, zines and the darknet.

Katie Driscoll is a writer for Starburst Magazine, and recently completed an MA in Film Programming and Curating. Her areas of interest include the intersection of feminism and the horror/exploitation genre, artists’ film and moving image, and punk culture in the 1980s.