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Edinburgh-based freelance journalist: specialises in arts & culture, disability issues, and military resettlement. Recent articles and reviews have appeared in regional and national publications including Able, Disability Arts Online, The Herald,, and Scotland on Sunday.

Jo Bannon in We Are Fucked

Opinion Artist Jo Bannon on why ‘We Are Fucked’

We Are Fucked is a new performance work by artist Jo Bannon which explores desire, sexuality and neoliberalism. Its focus is on the modern feminist experience of personal, psychological and political penetration, as she tells Paul F Cockburn. It’s the obvious question to ask, and yet it ...

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Opinion Birds of Paradise Theatre Company: 25 and still flying!

Glasgow-based, disability-led Birds of Paradise Theatre Company is celebrating its 25th birthday during 2018 but, as artistic director Robert Softley-Gale tells Paul F Cockburn, they are far from complacent about the future. It’s a notable achievement for any arts organisation – let alone a disability-led one ...

Opinion Solar Bear break new ground with a production of Caryl Churchill’s ‘Love and Information’

A new touring production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information is an excellent showcase for a young cast from the UK's only performance degree for D/deaf actors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, in collaboration with leading Scottish company Solar Bear. Review by Paul F ...

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Opinion Access at the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF)

From the start, the organisers of the annual Scottish Queer International Film Festival were determined their event would be as fully accessible as possible, as Festival Coordinator Helen Wright explains to Paul F Cockburn. The not-for-profit Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) was launched in 2015 ...

Mind the Gap's Mia: Daughters of Fortune production shot

Opinion Mind the Gap’s Mia, Daughters of Fortune: don’t drop the baby

Informative but not necessarily engaging: Paul F Cockburn reviews Mind the Gap’s theatrical exploration of learning disabilities and parenthood, currently playing at Summerhall, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Around 2% of people in England have a learning disability. Around 7% of them are parents. Around two ...

Performer Ramesh Meyyappan sits at a desk with five alarm clocks

Opinion Ramesh Meyyappan explores mental well-being and identity in his new show

Ramesh Meyyappan is becoming more widely celebrated for his darkly comic brand of visual theatre. Paul F Cockburn caught his latest production Off-Kilter at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, as part of its Mayfesto 2017 season. Internationally-acclaimed performer Ramesh Meyyappan enjoyed sell-out performances around the world for ...

Opinion Jo Lewis: on her documentary of the first disability theatre production to play at the National

In 2016 Graeae Theatre Company took their production of  The Solid Life of Sugar Water to the National Theatre. Paul F Cockburn speaks with the filmmaker Jo Lewis who documented what happened. #sugarwater, a film documentary following Graeae’s arrival at the National Theatre, was a very ...

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Opinion Claire Cunningham on ‘The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight’

How do we look at each other? How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? These are some of the questions raised by a new work by acclaimed Scottish disabled artist Claire ...

A painting from Cameron Morgan's TV Classics Part 1 it shows Laurel and Hardy on a old-fashioned TV-set with wallpaper appropriate for the time in the background.

Opinion Why Cameron Morgan Loves Classic TV

Paul F Cockburn speaks with artist Cameron Morgan about his Unlimited-funded exhibition of paintings, TV Classics – Part 1, part of this year’s Glasgow International.  Television was a big part of Cameron Morgan’s life as a child but, growing up in the 1970s and early 1980s, ...