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.
January 22, 2019 - by Gary Thomas
It's taken me a while to write out my thoughts on The Inheritance (which ran at London’s Noel Coward Theatre until 19th January 2019 and was written by Matthew Lopez & directed by Stephen Daldry.) I think when a ton of people say something is so brilliant and it is, it still makes you wary of
January 21, 2019 - by Ivan Riches
If you have read Colin Hambrook’s interview with me (‘Surroundings – a journey into the known’, in the ‘Opinions – latest interviews and reviews’ section) , you will have seen a detailed summary of my R&D immersive arts project. If not, please read it, he is a skilled interviewer and has got more information out of
January 18, 2019 - by Bryony Parsons
Note: Do you suffer from Anxiety? I do. I struggle with these symptoms and sometimes it takes a while to get over them, as anything can set off an anxiety attack. But please don't worry, you are not alone.
You feel your body freeze,
You feel your mouth go dry,
You feel like you can't breathe,
You feel like
January 17, 2019 - by Wendy Young
Please don't think I'm mad
That my eyes are staring
it's just that i want to hear
everything you say
scared of distraction
if i don't look at you - my mind
wanders - i don't want you
to think i'm unaware
i value your time
listening - talking
i need to look into your eyes
i know it's embarrassing - i
don't know how else to
January 16, 2019 - by Richard Downes
I don’t usually spend much time reflecting on the news or even listening to the news even though the news is on and all around me. At times I find the news too difficult to bear. At other times I find it full of amusement. The Glorious Servant sometimes views it as a ritualised humiliation,
January 10, 2019 - by Richard Downes
Derived from Yoko’s Sky Piece V Autumn. Way back in time I enjoyed the sports I enjoyed, and hated the sports I hated. I guess I was trying to prove something. Something about someone whose running was compromised, was never so fleet, never so far in comparison to others.
Yet I noticed recently, before reading the
January 10, 2019 - by Bryony Parsons
I am the one with 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome,
I am the one with a heart condition,
I am the one who struggles to hear,
I am the one with just one wish,
I wish I could avoid the hospital appointments,
I wish I could stop my mother from worrying,
I wish there was a life with more treatments,
I am the one
January 8, 2019 - by Richard Downes
642 Things To Write About instructs that I write to a house plant telling it why it needs to live or something like that. But I am on my holidays. I am south of where I usually live and that can only mean my annual meet up with Whistling Jack.
642 Meets Whistling Jack in the
January 7, 2019 - by Bryony Parsons
A new year is here,
What is a new yea to you?
A new year is to face my fears,
It's one step closer to the future,
What is a new year to you?
A new year is a new you,
It's an opportunity to try something new,
It gives you the chance to start a new hobby or two,
It's a chance
January 4, 2019 - by Jo-anne Cox
Wow! It took me a year to fundraise for my project. I received the good news but my reaction was not as expected. Yes I was pleased, but utterly drained by the whole process. Another few days for it to sink in and I was really happy and excited.
Fundraising is tough. My particular challenges of