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PERSPECTIVES | Final Exhibition at Manchester One

Learning disabled artists present their final exhibition in the Perspectives series in the heart of Manchester city centre- supported by Bruntwood - 29 January – 6 February 2019 City centre Bruntwood space - Manchester One, will host the final exhibition to complete the PERSPECTIVES series – a variety of exhibitions, happenings and creative exchanges ...

Berlin: Cold City, Warm Welcome

A few years ago, I would never have dreamt of performing my work in public let alone flying out to Berlin to lecture German students about what it’s like being a British-Asian disabled woman writer. Last year I received an email from Dr. Katrin Röder, a professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu ...

Finding My Space

It’s been a long while since I have blogged. After the very busy and hot English summer we have experienced this year, I knew I had plenty of material to write about. However, finding the time and space for concentrated writing was another matter. My time was taken up with ...

the pathologised self

The Pathologised Self

Recently I was at the World Congress of Psychiatry in Berlin to talk about my involvement in a film about a psychiatrist with bipolar called 'The Wounded Healer'   I give Dr Ahmed Hankir a hard time in the film, and I gave the psychiatrists at the congress a hard ...

Summer of 2017

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 ...

Take Responsibility for Being Tortured!

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 ...

Laura Dajao Sadiq Khan Selfie

LauraDDances’ #FMyStrengthSolo at National Paralympic Day/Liberty Festival

Let's start at the beginning shall we? So, I have been developing a solo piece for some time now, all based around a song I wrote with a friend called Finding My Strength. And let's go further back to where the song came from. In May 2004 I met Chuckie. Chuckie ...

The Equals

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys: Some Belated Praise for the Equals

Last year I bought a copy of a music magazine called Shindig. A magazine that covers music from past decades. The main focus often being on the 1960s. In particular, the psychedelic music that blossomed in the second half of the decade. My main reason for buying the magazine was ...

Disconnect

Sitting among 20 odd old white folk Concessioned on a Monday To watch I Am Not Your Negro Suggests their civil rights struggle Became our entertainment Their martyrs our heroes As the celluloid image Recites the lines we know The songs we sing The police dance of brutality Moves choreographed with truncheons And I feel a disconnect As I think of Cameron And
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Spoken Words

On Tuesday 11 April 2017, I performed on my own at City Voices event  at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton. In the past I have had help and support via friends with reciting my poetry and stories as I didn't have enough confidence to read my ...