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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Has spring finally arrived?

Has spring finally arrived? The snow is melting, The sun is shining, and the birds are nesting. Has spring finally arrived? People are starting to smile, Flowers are beginning to thrive, Children are starting to play outside. Has spring finally arrived? Farmers are lambing, Dark nights are becoming lighter, People are mowing their lawns, Has Spring finally arrived? Days are becoming dryer, Valentines and ...

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Initial – The Joke

Things I might never get away from; 1) an experience of disability, b) a social model approach to disability, c) a response through activism and advocacy. How many of us see our lives as nothing more than a joke, relegate our own status to that of a joke, find ourselves ...

Juice – Easy Peasy

According to Yoko Ono’s Let’s Piece 1, 500 noses are more beautiful than one, 1 phone number recited by 200 people sounds better than related by 1 especially if they all say it at the same time. Yoko sends a simple word to be said in a city for 30 ...

As my name was called

Note: I have to have micro-suction done in my ears every few weeks, as I have a perforated eardrum. This means they get blocked easily and I always dread going to the appointments. I was sat in the waiting room, with my mum and a cup of brew, in a place I like ...

A group of friends gather around to watch the Trump V Clinton election results in Matthew Lopez' stunning play The Inheritance.

The Inheritance (or writing that epic play)

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 ...