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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

You Feel

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 ...

red heart with the words 22q deletion syndrome

I am the one with 22q.11 Deletion Syndrome.

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 ...

What is a New Year to you?

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 ...

Bright spot in storm clouds

This storm…

Do you ever feel like you're all alone? I do. Isolation should be stopped. No one likes to be alone. This storm... The howling of the wind, The heavy rain fall, The rumble of thunder, The combination of them all, The storm makes darkness appear, You see no light at the end of the tunnel, You feel like ...

Oh Christ, it’s Christmas Again!

Thought I'd write a little poem for Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone! C is for Christ, it's Christmas again H is for Hurry, time is running out I is for imagination, what gift can i get them? S is for socialising, and shopping till you drop T is for tree, putting up the Christmas decorations is ...

She tried her hand

You try your hardest to keep a peaceful lifestyle, but sometimes you try too hard. She tried her hand at most things, but drew the line at honesty, She tugs at the heart strings, and tries to keep her sanity. She fakes a smile, and pretends to be happy, To keep a peaceful lifestyle, despite feeling low and ...

Photo of Bryony beside the riverside

My childhood

My childhood seems to belong to another world, Where fairies and demons were once thought to be true, And nagging adults got on our nerves, Picking our noses seemed to make adults go ‘Eww’. Playing in the streets and games like kiss chase, Used to be the highlight of our day, Learning to make more mates, While ...