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This 2011 poster image features a large photo of Zorras, Sandra with megaphone and Y with guitar, plus smaller photos of other performers and a handsome puppet. It reads: Saturday 2 April, Door open 7PM, show 8PM, Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Free! BYOB! Wheelchair accessible! Performances by Anna Le, Diane Torr, Lily, Ste McCabe, The Insecurity Font, Zorras and Scragfight. Short films by sharlene bamboat, The Paraffins and Miss Leggy Pee, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell + DJ Fuk You How Do You Do. Poetry. Music. Film. Theatre. Dance. Drag.

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain why ...

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Introductions: A Perfect Shell

Here's something I've been thinking through: making introductions to performed poems with performed poems. This has come about due to being more involved with performance and MC-ing with  my current curator role at REaD Rhymes Live. I'm not sure i'll be taking it any further forward but here's a fairly ...

Time Heals?

Hopes Health and Healing ~ An Update

On the 21st December 2018 I was rushed into my local hospital seriously ill with a very high temperature. I found I couldn't eat, drink or swallow anything, was in a lot of pain, struggling to breathe and vomiting blood. It all happened so fast. Even in the morning despite ...

On becoming and unbecoming an artist, and never quite letting go

But you’re no good at art, said my mother when, age 15, I told her I wanted to go to art school. She was right. That’s why I wanted to go to art school. To learn. Become an artist. Only my art teacher had faith. You can draw, he said. He was ...

642: How’s My State of Mind

Instruction manual 642 Things to Write About requires me to post some facebook status’s. Here’s a line or two. Facebook timeline asks daily Whats on your mind? I start a collection Tell me below what you would tell facebook today. 642 How’s My State of Mind Facebook I’m not paranoid Facebook I’m not delusional Facebook I’m not sad or ...

Heart box filled with pills

Pick & Mix Valentine

I made this piece last year from my hoard of leftover tablets and a discarded Butlers Chocolate box. Sadly, I did not have the pleasure of eating the chocolates first and also sadly I have eaten most of the medications now within. I stuck a gold glittered tit on the top ...

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How to be a Dyslexic Artist

Chapter 2: Talking to Strangers Benedict Phillips and Aby Watson explore how a dyspraxic dancer and a dyslexic visual art came to reflect upon each other’s work and collaborate on a 24 hour project at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the summer of 2018. Q.1- How our conversation began... AW: It could ...

Signs; It May Be A Deli To You Mate

A response to a Southwold Deli. Language. Love it. Enjoy it. Let's have fun. Reveal our eccentricities and inadequacies. Revolt against the politically correct. You've got to laugh haven't you? Posting this in the week that Liam Neeson chose to reveal he wanted to kill a black man, West Ham fans ...

Abandoned Scary Doll

Sarah Kane revisited through Graeae and RADA’s production of BLASTED

Seeing Graeae and RADA's production of BLASTED moved me. I had expected to witness theatre in the raw; a form of theatre meant to make you squirm, but I hadn't expected a script as poetic and full-on in-yer-face and in such contrast to the kinds of naturalism and entertainment ...

Oska Bright Film Festival is open for submissions

Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading learning disability film festival, is open for submissions for its 2019 festival. I'm Matthew Hellett, the Lead Programmer, and I want you to submit your films! It's so easy, and we're really approachable. We are looking for films that are made by, or feature ...