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This section of DAO provides disabled artists and writers with a space to give our readers an inside view of their art practice, share thoughts and receive comments and feedback.

These blogs provide an informative and entertaining insight into how disability and impairment are experienced from a disability perspective.

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The work of Attitude is Everything explained by Suzanne Bull MBE

23 January 2015

Blog Lloyd Coleman: The Sound of Disability

The latest project in the spotlight for this series on accessibility to the arts and their associated venues is Attitude is Everything.  They are clearly one of the major players in the business of finding forward-thinking, dynamic solutions to the difficulties disabled people face every week at festivals, theatres and concert halls across the land.  Last year, I caught up with Suzanne Bull MBE - the founder of the organisation - to talk about their mission. I was astounded by how...

Dao's FB group debate Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'

19 January 2015

Blog Colin Hambrook: Editorial

still of ddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones as young lovers whirling each other around outside university walls

There was a lot in the media last week, centred on Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Dr Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'. Newsnight covered it with an interview with the US disabled actor RJ Mitte - star of 'Breaking Bad'. Frances Ryan critical response to news of a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination for Redmayne on the Guardian’s comment is free pages was to say: “while ‘blacking up’ is rightly now greeted with...


18 January 2015

Blog Katya Robin

English: Planet Saturn - Hexagon Vortex and Rings

At HEXOPOLIS HQ we’re getting ready for an exhibition about our on-going research, highlighting key themes in omnipresent hexagons. Once you start looking, you may notice they are everywhere, near and far, ubiquitous and astonishing. At Saturn's North Pole there is a hexagonal vortex of cloud larger than Earth. Flat-pack furniture is typically held together with hexagon socket bolts and assembled with a free Allen (hex) key. Hexagons are currently a big design trend: hexagon...

Assisted dying - two poems I wrote earlier

16 January 2015

Blog Deborah Caulfield

Poem 1 Retirement in Abingdon UK isn’t like in Oregon USA here we get assistance to live with independence there the doctors help you  toss your controversial life away on the dubious basis that pain removes your ability to die with dignity on google and yahoo the issue is in no way similar to euthanasia for when suffering is terminal and someone kindly kills you say thank you and smile as they put down the lid on you your shoes soon filled  by someone youthful someone...

Sarah Ismail reviews 'The Theory of Everything': loosely based on Jane Hawking’s memoir 'Music to Move the Stars: A Life With Stephen'

16 January 2015

Blog Dao's film and tv blog

still of ddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones as young lovers whirling each other around outside university walls

James Marsh’s 'The Theory of Everything' is a story of two great minds who meet at Cambridge University, where they experience and enjoy a great love. Stephen Hawking, at the start, is a student. Like any other young man, he avoids doing his homework to the point where he accidentally spills tea on the worksheet and has to write his work on the back of a train timetable! Like any other young man, he attends a university party. There, like countless other young men have...

Highlights of 2014: with thanks to DaisyFest, Together, Unlimited and DaDaFest

10 January 2015

Blog Colin Hambrook: Editorial

purple tinted drawing inspired by a surreal character from the Bosch painting 'The temptation of St Anthony’

Firstly I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to all Dao’s readers and contributors. Last year we got out and about a fair bit, spreading the word about the disabled artists who engage with the disability arts sector through being a part of events, over and above the usual work we do of reporting on events and supporting artists through networking. Firstly last June there was DaisyFest in Guildford, which featured two of Dao’s writers Penny Pepper and Allan Sutherland. Both...

'Cause we're not dead yet!

9 January 2015

Blog Crippen

Show your support for Not Dead Yet UK on Friday 16th January The House of Lords will be in committee again to debate Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill on Friday 16th January 2015. They will be specifically looking at amendments concerning the definition of terminal illness and the role of doctors in 'assisted death'. Not Dead Yet UK (NDYUK) will once again be showing its opposition and its strength by gathering outside the Houses of Parliament from around 0800 hrs until 1300 hrs...

Need a producer/organisation to support my mischief and madness

7 January 2015

Blog Dolly Sen

help the normals

Happy new year everyone. I am thinking about applying to Unlimited to realise two creative projects, but I need a producer or an organisation to help me produce it.  One is to expand my psychotic website, which you can read about more at http://shortcircuit.org.uk/dolly-sen-the-internet-has-crashed/  You can view the prototype at http://internetbreakdown.com/ please do not go there if you are feeling detached or vulnerable.  My second idea is a live arts project...

Life, the universe, and flarf.

6 January 2015

Blog Deborah Caulfield

Results of having Googled 'what is the answer'

I wrote this flarf poem in the first few days of this New Year, having written almost nothing for a month. I hope it sparks the imagination and provides the reader with a fresh, unique perspective on life.  Flarf seems to have come about by accident. It began as a send-up, a bit of a lark, by Gary Sullivan, to bring out the inherent awfulness, etc., of some pre-existing text. Flarf his now an accepted and respectable way to generate poetry. Flarf is taken seriously. Poets enjoy writing it...

Happy New Year and Thanks Be to DAO!

5 January 2015

Blog Wendy Tongue

Scrooge McDuck

Grrrrr..........started this blog, blow, blah to shake of the X-mass noo year blues that have dwindled into 2015 hence a wake up call to say **** 'em all I'm getting my act together!!  And then there's an electrical surge!! Gathering my negative thoughts and turning them to positives is helped by DAO being there, right here right now, for me, we, us, the bloggers, to rant our asses off!! Wanting to share my insecurity at not receiving X cards but feeling a hypocrite as I was...