Three things I wish people knew about living with life-threatening impairment

One of the hardest things about living with life-threatening impairment is actually not dealing with my situation, but with peoples reactions to my situation. Here are three things I wish people knew about living with life-threatening impairment People constantly presume how I must feel, and then react to me based on that – when they’veContinue reading “Three things I wish people knew about living with life-threatening impairment”

Five great tips for using London buses in a wheelchair

Having lived in London for three years, I’ve taken a lot of buses. In that time, I’ve been sworn at by drivers, had a woman accuse me of trying to kill her baby, been shouted and sworn at by passengers, and been chased off a bus in tears – all for trying to assert my legalContinue reading “Five great tips for using London buses in a wheelchair”

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!”

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)”