For a disabled artists’ view of disability and deaf arts culture
This section of DAO 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.
The opinions expressed in these pages are not necessarily those of DAO.
September 19, 2017 - by Dolly Sen
I've taken the liberty of adapting William Shakespeare's soliloquy for Hamlet 'To Be or Not to Be' to highlight the plight of disabled people under successive Tory Governments. Willie understands tragedy very well, and that is what is happening now but will it take years before it dawns on ordinary people what their inaction or
September 19, 2017 - by Richard Downes
Words start to fall on a moonlight walk. 'Conscripted into separation' starts it all. I wonder what it means. I share the line with someone who gives it a thumbs up. I forget it as the day goes on. It returns. It gets a few more numbered lines. Its left. It goes moldy. I should
September 14, 2017 - by Daphne
And remember, if you don’t like toast – don’t eat it!
Before we get started, let me extend a quick hello to Patrick and Dennis who both wrote in to my previous blog– thank you boys!
Last week I took a cheeky little break and popped over to Paris. Oo-la-la! Very romantic – although full of steps!
September 12, 2017 - by Richard Downes
The champ had been taking a real beating but like a true champ he believed in finding his second wind. It took a while but he found it
Resurrecting the Glorious Servant
It had been unremitting misery
I missed this space
Turned upside down
Yes the sun shined
Yes the wind blew
September 11, 2017 - by Kuli Kohli
What a busy few months I have had. This summer I have been invited to take part in all kinds of events. It’s been exciting and overwhelming, considering I work full time, live in an extended family of three generations, help run a writing group and work on my own writing - while living
September 7, 2017 - by Dolly Sen
I was recently in Boston attending the World Hearing Voices Congress, thanks to a scholarship. I was there the same time as the Alt-Right rally at Boston Common. I met some cool people and laughed at the weedy Alt Right congregation vastly outnumbered by counter protesters. The fascists kept whining about their Freedom of Speech
September 6, 2017 - by Richard Downes
Best not believe a word I say. This may be a lie. There may not have been a dream. It may have been real. I don’t know. Honestly, I can’t remember. You decide:
Walking past a Chelsea park
I misread the signs
Please keep your Crip on a lease
Keep It off the grass
You face a penalty
September 1, 2017 - by James Rose
I’m in my eleventh week at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and I’m loving it! Recently, I went to the BSO’s very own Proms in the Park staged over three days in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. This fun-filled 48 hr period included meeting the private donors contributing a significant amount against a backdrop of fab music
August 31, 2017 - by Dolly Sen
When I was in hospital for a physical health problem, my bedside cabinet was bedecked with 'get well soon' cards. However, whenever I was on a psychiatric ward, I noticed the void of cards wishing me well. Maybe people thought I was going to eat the cards. Or maybe people don't know what
August 30, 2017 - by Shadowlight Artists
Each month the Shadowlight Artists meet to discuss news, their individual work and to plan group productions, exhibitions and other activities. The group had news that their group production "Landscapes" and Richard Hunt's individual film "Amazing Art", had been selected to be exhibited at the Oksa Bright Film Festival 15th-17th November. (Oska Bright Film Festival is