A Poet in London? Not if you’re travelling by wheelchair!

Building a career as a poet in London is hard enough – doing it while relying on wheelchair accessible public transport is almost impossible The problem with trying to build a performance poetry career in London is that London is a big city, and early-career you really don’t want to turn down any bookings. ThisContinue reading “A Poet in London? Not if you’re travelling by wheelchair!”

Assisted suicide: a shift to neutrality is not a neutral move

The views in this article are entirely my own and do not reflect that of any organisation I work with. They should be considered reflective of my position at the time of writing, which may have since changed. The public debate about assisted suicide is constantly being argued and reargued in the media, courts, andContinue reading “Assisted suicide: a shift to neutrality is not a neutral move”

Performer, exhibit, excluded. Who’s on stage and whose stories are suppressed?

When we see performers on stage, what bodies are reflected in front of us – and what does that mean for the future of performance? Transpose is an evening performance at the Barbican theatre, London, 6th & 9th December, curated by CN Lester and directed by Kate O’Donnell. The line-up is entirely trans and queer artists, and theContinue reading “Performer, exhibit, excluded. Who’s on stage and whose stories are suppressed?”

Shape Up on Wheelchair Access (seriously)

Wheelchair access isn’t an optional extra, and ‘the left’ needs to stop treating it as if it is Stop pretending wheelchair access is optional, not essential We need to talk about left-wing venues and talks, vegan restaurants, queer spaces, upstairs rooms in pubs, poetry nights, related “alternative” events, and why they often ban wheelchair usersContinue reading “Shape Up on Wheelchair Access (seriously)”

How to respond when you’re asked about wheelchair access

When ostensibly ‘social justice’ or ‘left wing’ events don’t put access details on their websites, they’re functionally excluding disabled people – but how should you respond when asked about wheelchair access? When I have to email your space or event to ask you about wheelchair access, I’m already annoyed. I’m annoyed because you should beContinue reading “How to respond when you’re asked about wheelchair access”

The massacre of the disabled: Sagamihara, infanticide, abortion and assisted suicide

The views in this article are entirely my own and do not reflect that of any organisation I work with. They should be considered reflective of my position at the time of writing, which may have since changed. [Description: there is a grey wall with writing on it in Japanese in a lighter grey. AgainstContinue reading “The massacre of the disabled: Sagamihara, infanticide, abortion and assisted suicide”

Loss, Anger, and the Cheerful Cripple

Coming to terms with acquired impairment is a process that takes time This is probably far more about acquiring disability than being born with it Becoming disabled (or a significant change in the level of your impairment such that it affects your social relationships in a way it hasn’t previously) is pretty unpleasant for the personContinue reading “Loss, Anger, and the Cheerful Cripple”