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  • Allan Sutherland

    Allan Sutherland’s blog charts the progress of working on his first collection of poetry, Leaning On A Lamppost. The collection will give an overview of his work, including 20 years of performance, his more recent pioneering work in transcription poetry, found poems and a set of new work responding to his mentoring by John O’Donoghue.

  • Survivors' Poetry blog

    Survivor's Poetry aim to publish and promote poetry by survivors; supporting and developing survivor poets and establishing communication networks; making connections between creativity and mental health. This blog contains notes from contributors to the survivors network.

  • Peter Street

    Peter Street's blog covers a variety of publications by the author - the latest being a memoir of his days as a gravedigger in the 1960s. The blog also follows the launch of his fifth poetry volume 'Listening to the Dark', which was published by Penniless Press in August 2012.

  • Dao Writers on Poetry

    Dao is building a collection of essays about poetry and profiles of poets, offering a disability perspective. If you are interested in adding to the current selection of feature articles please contact editor Colin Hambrook

  • The New DAIL Magazine (2004)
    Disability Arts Online spoke to Catya Wheatley and Hanne Olsen, the new editors of Disability Arts in London (DAIL) Magazine.
  • News: Benjamin Zephaniah takes up chair of Creative Writing at Brunel University

    Poet Benjamin Zephaniah tells his rags to riches story, as he prepares to take up the post of chair of Creative Writing at Brunel University

  • News: Top poet and playwright Lemn Sissay to judge new literary award with Creative Future

    Brighton-based charity Creative Future has launched a national competition to discover the best writers from disadvantaged groups who find it hard to get their work recognised.

  • News: Febulous February

    Highly successful creative writing blog celebrating LGBT History Month returns to offer free online digital publication opportunities this February. 

  • News: iF Platform Artists Announced

    Stopgap Dance Company and The Point announce the final programme for the iF Platform (Integrated Fringe). A ground breaking showcase featuring the best integrated arts companies from the UK as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.

  • News: Creative Future: Nurturing Writing Talent At The Margins

    Brighton-based charity Creative Future has launched its second national competition, The Creative Future Literary Awards; championed by top poet and playwright Lemn Sissay and bestselling author Maggie Gee, to discover the best writers from disadvantaged groups.

  • Review: Living Where the Nights Jive anthology by Disability Arts Cymru

    Liz Porter reviews Maggie Hampton's anthology of the life stories of ten disabled women engaged in the arts; written in their words. 'Living Where the Night’s Jive' was supported by the Welsh Books Council and has been published by Parthian Books.

  • Book review: The Shaking Woman by Siri Hustvedt

    Samantha Ellis reviews 'The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves' by Siri Hustvedt (Picador 2010)

  • Unsilenced Voices: Romani Voices

    Exiled Writers Ink support and give a platform to exiled writers from around the world. Nicole Fordham Hodges went along to one of their monthly readings on 5th December at the Poetry Cafe, London WC2. She heard some Romani voices, and they certainly hadn't been silenced.

  • Review: The Optimism Bias - a talk at the Southbank Centre by author Tali Sharot

    Tali Sharot is a rising star at U.C.L.'s department of Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences. Her book 'The Optimism Bias' came out to great interest and rave reviews. Subtitled "a tour of the irrationally positive brain," Sharot's talk at The Southbank Centre on 15 February, was a tour of a tour. Nicole Fordham Hodges went along for the ride.

  • Review: Tales From The Other Side by Christopher Ejsmond

    Dave Russell reviews Tales From The Other Side, by Christopher Ejsmond - a collection of ninety poems focussing on the author’s experience of mental distress and his journey of self-awareness and recovery.

  • Review: The International Symposium and Hippocrates Awards for Poetry and Medicine

    The International Symposium and Hippocrates Awards for Poetry and Medicine took place at Wellcome Collection, London on 12 May. Nicole Fordham Hodges was there to experience a mind-twisting variety of perspectives on the subject

  • Review: Handspring Puppet Company present Crow

    Breathing theatrical life into Ted Hughes’ mythic Crow poems, Handspring Puppet Company combine puppetry with choreography in a dance theatre performance as part of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. DAO Editor Colin Hambrook looks on and weeps...

  • Review: The Robin Hood Book: 131 Poets in Support of a Robin Hood Tax

    As disabled people face unprecedented levels of hate crime and denigration in the press John O’Donoghue – with the help of The Robin Hood Book by Alan Morrison, to which he was a contributor – reckons there is an alternative.

  • Review: Playwriting Mentoring Project for new and emerging playwrights with Kaite O’Reilly

    The Ty Newydd Mentoring Scheme is led by playwright/ dramaturg Kaite O’Reilly. Over a six month period the eight selected writers on the course were supported throughout the process, from initial pitch to polished second draft. Tom Wentworth reflects on his experience.

  • Review: Together 2012: 

Open Poetry Workshop with CoolTan Arts

    Richard Downes attends an Open Poetry Workshop in the Garden Café with CoolTan Arts and finds like minds and a sense of community

  • Review: The Spark: Creative Future Literary Award Winners

    John O’Donoghue reviews the first anthology of Creative Future’s award winning writers - The Spark edited by Dominique De-Light and Simon Powell

  • Review: ‘An Earthworm called Girlfriend and Other Stories’ by the Grace Eyre creative writing group

    Allan Sutherland reviews ‘An Earthworm called Girlfriend and Other Stories’ by writers and artists who attend Grace Eyre Foundation’s Active Lives programme in Hove.

  • Review: Knitting Time by Colin Hambrook

    Allan Sutherland reviews Knitting Time, an illustrated poetry collection by Colin Hambrook published by Waterloo Press

  • Review: ‘Good Kings Bad Kings’ a novel by Susan Nussbaum

    Winner of the Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, 'Good Kings Bad Kings’ (Oneworld Publications, 2014) by the American playwright and disability campaigner Susan Nussbaum, is a novel about life inside the walls of the Illinois Learning and Life Skills Center (ILLC), - an institution for juveniles with disabilities. Review by Emmeline Burdett

  • Review: Unlimited 2014: Perceptions of Difference: DAO & Survivors' Poetry

    On Level 5 on the Royal Festival Hall lies the Saison Poetry Library: an eclectic crowd gathered to hear poetry from four stalwarts of the Survivors' Movement. Wendy Young was there for the inspiring words of Hilary Porter, John O’Donoghue, Debjani Chatterjee MBE, Frank Bangay the Bard of Hackney!  MC’d by Colin Hambrook.


  • Review: Rite of Passage: a gravedigger's memoir by Peter Street

    Published as an ebook by Natterjack Press, Wendy Young unearths some graveyard humour in Peter Street’s memoir 'Rite of Passage' with its tales of a young disabled grave-digger in a 1960s world that most of us would not be able to ‘dig’!

  • Review: Maggie Sawkins: Zones of Avoidance

    Multimedia live literature production Zones of Avoidance was written and performed by poet Maggie Sawkins and directed by Mark C Hewitt with film sequences from Abigail Norris. Colin Hambrook reviews a performance at the All Saints Centre, Lewes on 29 October

  • Review: Q S Lam: Schizophrenics Can Be Good Mothers Too

    Published by Muswell Hill Press, 'Schizophrenics Can Be Good Mothers Too'  takes the reader on the artist Q S Lam's journey through the labyrinthine passages of psychosis describing her strategies and struggles to recover from the impact of the illness on everyday life, drawing on her personal experience, using art, not medication, to keep well. Review by Colin Hambrook

  • Review: Tanvi Bush ‘Witch Girl’

    Through a unique blend of witchcraft, AIDS activism, religious extremism, Tanvi Bush's first novel weaves together a thrilling narrative with vivid descriptions and unforgettable characters in her first novel published by Modjaji Books. Review by Emmeline Burdett

  • Review: All is calm, all is chaos, in Mark Wood's world

    Mark Wood, who died tragically in 2013 at the age of 44, was a prolific creative who worked in photography, painting, cartoon, poetry, short story and music composition. Deborah Caulfield reviews ‘Spirit of Nature’ an exhibition of his work on show at Oxford Town Hall until 22 July.


  • Review: Theatres of Learning Disability: Good, bad or plain ugly

    Published by Palgrave Macmillan, Matt Hargrave’s is the first book to focus exclusively on theatre and learning disability from an artistic perspective. Over five years Hargraves researched the work of several companies and artists giving detailed analysis of work by Back To Back, Mind the Gap, Dark Horse, the Shysters and Full Body and the Voice. Review by Gus Garside

  • Reviews: Dao Writers on Literature

    Dao is building a collection of essays about representation of disability within literature. To date Dr Emmeline Burdett has reviewed Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman, The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen by Lindsay Ashford, The Norwich Wheelchair Murders by Bill Albert and You Have Not A leg To Stand On by DD Mayers.


  • Interview: Jo Verrent talks to Rachel Feldberg, Artistic Director of the Ilkley Literature Festival

    Rachel Feldberg, Artistic Director of the Ilkley Literature Festival, discusses life, love and disability with Jo Verrent, director of ADA inc.

  • Interview: Terry Tracy talks about her novel 'A Great Place for a Seizure'

    Let's book it blogger Dana Burgess interviews Terry Tracy, author of 'A Great Place for a Seizure', about the advantages of self-publishing a novel which explores disability with an "engaging balance of insight, irreverence and sensitivity."

  • Interview: Lung Ha’s Theatre Company present ‘Antigone’

    This coming March 2012, Scotland’s leading group for performers with learning difficulties, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company, presents a new version of Sophocles‘ ‘Antigone’, the classic story of a young woman standing up against society for what she believes is right. Paul F Cockburn spoke with artistic director Maria Oller and the composer Kenneth Dempster to learn about the show’s origins.

  • Discussion: How do we make the differentiation between what's 'inclusive' and what's 'subversive'?

    Obi Chiejina responds to issues arising from a creative writing workshop entitled 'You Say Inclusive, I Say Subversive', led by Kaite O'Reilly as part of the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank Centre

  • John O'Donoghue discusses the making of Knitting Time by Colin Hambrook

    Knitting Time by Colin Hambrook has just been published by Waterloo Press, part of a project comprising online content and an exhibition at Pallant House in Chichester. Here John  O’Donoghue describes the mentoring process that led to the book’s publication.

  • Opinion: John O’Donoghue on mentoring poet, Clare Best

    We hear a lot these days about ‘mentoring’. But what does a mentor actually do? How do you become one? How do people find the right mentor for them? And – the $64,000 question – are mentors worth it? Here John O’Donoghue recalls mentoring Clare Best in producing her poetry collection 'Excisions'.

  • Opinion: Dao Writers on Poetry

    Dao is building a collection of essays about poetry and profiles of poets, offering a disability perspective. So far we've published an article by Owen Lowery on a selection of war poets; a profile of George MacKay-Brown by Richard Longstaff, personal explorations of the first three collections of Seamus Heaney by Anthony Hurford, an analysis of Wilfred Owen's anti-war poem 'Disabled' by Emmeline Burdett and a profile of Nazrul, 'The Rebel Poet' by Dejani Chatterjee 


  • Interview: Unlimited 2014: Owen Lowery: Otherwise Unchanged

    Owen Lowery is the author of a volume of poetry, Otherwise Unchanged (Carcanet 2012), and is the recipient of an Unlimited award. John O’Donoghue interviewed the poet by email about the inspiration, form and development of his work providing an insight into his creative identity. What follows is an edited version of this correspondence.

  • Interview: Penny Pepper talks about her experience of working with The Literary Consultancy

    The Literary Consultancy, (TLC) founded in 1996 by its Director Rebecca Swift and Hannah Griffiths, offers a service in assessing writers’ manuscripts to give advice on how to approach publishers and agents. Colin Hambrook interviews Penny Pepper about her experience with TLC in time for their ‘Quality Writing for All’ campaign launching on 16th June at The Free Word Centre in London. 

  • Critical Writing Masterclass

    A group of disabled writers were invited by New Writing South and DAO (Disability Arts Online) to a series of seminars to develop skills in critical writing and gain an understanding of its role within the world of news media and publishing

  • Recommended list of books and journals

    This section of Dao's research pages features a series of academic journals, books, novels and literature, which discusses disability. If you know of a book or journal you think Dao's readers would be interested in knowing about please send details to Dao's editor Colin Hambrook via

  • Rachel Gadsden: Beyond the Asylum narrative

    Within her artistic practice Rachel Gadsden has been exploring derelict Asylums seeking to examine the traces of life within their fabric despite the neglect and decay. This narrative by Tim Hayton is based on her collection of paintings, 'Beyond the Asylum'.

  • The Saga of the Job Seeker by John Exell

    John Exell explores Job Seeker's Psychosis in an extended poem written during the recession in the 1990s

  • Assessing Lord Nelson: Shag Sketch 006 by Ann Young

    What would a dialogue between Lord Nelson and a social worker have sounded like? Ann Young, wizened disability art chick and groupie, brings the historical character into the present and makes some terrible jokes in passing.

  • Allan Sutherland: Paddy Masefield Poems

    Paddy: A Life, is a series of 32 transcription poems by Allan Sutherland based on interviews with Paddy Masefield as part of the Edward Lear Oral History Project.

  • Colin Cameron: The Brick
    a short story by Colin Cameron
  • Peter Street remembers Jimmy

    A new piece of prose from disabled writer Peter Street evokes a vivid picture of a day centre somewhere in the north of England in May 1983

  • New writing: Peter Street's Memoirs

    Peter Street was born in Wigan in 1948, the illegitimate son of an Anglo/Irish cotton mill worker and an Irish/Spanish glassworker. He was raised in Bolton by his mother and a stepfather: Thomas Edgar Street. Peter has six major collections to his name, and was a war poet in 1993 during the Bosnian/Croat conflict. He was recipient of a Royal Literary Fund grant in 2008.

    Here he recalls memories from the first chapter of his life: "Disability has been a big part of my life. It is who I am. In many ways it has been the making of me..."

  • Poems on life in the asylum by David Trippas

    DAO publishes two poems with accompanying photographs from David Trippas, founder member of Survivors Speak Out.

  • Neglected Voices - a cycle of transcription poems by Allan Sutherland

    ‘Neglected Voices’ is a work about disabled people’s experience, consisting of four cycles of transcription poems telling the life stories of Jennifer Taylor, Catriona Grant, Peter Moore and Wendy Bryant.

  • View the Con.Text by artist and writer Gini

    View the Con.Text is a unique audience engagement project devised by artist and writer Gini. Visitors were invited to take a comfy seat and chat about their own journeys and their thoughts on the 'The View from Here' exhibition, which took place at Salisbury Arts Centre from 9th November to 23 December 2011.

  • A selection of poetry by Saradha Soobrayen

    Saradha Soobrayen is a London-born poet, and reviews editor for 'Modern Poetry in Translation'. Here she gives two examples of poems performed as part of the Festival of the World Poetry Parnassus at the Southbank Centre, London, June 2012.

  • Underwater Con.Text by Gini

    'Underwater Con.Text' is a poetic response to Sue Austin's underwater wheelchair live art piece 'Creating the Spectacle!' The text provides a glimpse into how a random selection of people have allowed Austin's underwater wheelchair ballet into their lives.

  • OUT WRITE poetry anthology by Norwich Pride writing group

    The Norwich Pride writing group present a new anthology edited by UNESCO City of Literature Pride Poet Laureate, Vince Laws

  • 'Listening to the Dark' a selection of poetry by Peter Street

    Published by Penniless Press, 'Listening to the Dark' is Street's fifth volume, which includes a diverse range of topics from growing up in Bolton, living with disability, his experience as a war poet in Croatia and voicing the concerns of plants and trees.

  • All The Lonely People: an anthology by Plum Tree Books

    Niamh Clune, Founder of Plum Tree Books sent out a call across Facebook, announcing that she wanted to do an anthology on All The Lonely People... poems, art, prose focussing on the subject of loneliness. DAO presents a sampler from the online anthology.

  • Song: Alas Atos from Making Waves Community Choir

    Making Waves is a left/ green community choir, based in Cullercoats, which has a policy of freely sharing their produce. Oliver Swingler from the choir sent the following song to DAO. He says that if anyone else wants to record it and publish (with acknowledgement of Oliver and the choir), they are most welcome.

  • Creative writing: A selection of short stories by Lynne E Blackwood

    Lynne Blackwood started writing in April 2012 after illness terminated her professional activity. She is of Anglo-Indian descent and her emotional heritage plays a strong part in her writing sensitivities, reflecting a mosaic of experiences and cultures. DAO is proud to present a series of her short stories.

  • Gini: Con.Text: the major and minor scroll

    Gini was awarded a Diverse Perspectives commission to make creative responses to conversations with artists and audiences at Salisbury Arts Centre. The scrolls she produced give a creative insight into peoples' reactions to work exhibited and their reasons for coming to the Arts Centre.

  • Sean Burn: Is that a bruise or a tattoo?

    Sean Burn's third and latest full volume of poetry 'Is that a bruise or a tattoo?' has just been published by Shearsman Press. 

  • Poetry: Richard Longstaff: 'A Curlew Calls'

    Richard Longstaff submitted the following selection of his poetry. Taking inspiration from nature, 'A Curlew Calls' is part of a 40 poem collection on the author's relationship to the natural world. 

  • Poetry: Anthony Hurford: The Staff of Asclepius

    Anthony Hurford came to DAO via the Survivor's Poetry blog. He submitted a selection from his forthcoming poetry pamphlet due to be published by Survivors' Press in summer 2014

  • Poetry: John William Brown

    John William Brown is a poet, painter and performer based in Norwich. He has published in various anthologies and has produced a chapbook of his drawings and poems, Private View (1997). He was joint editor of the now defunct magazine for marginalised persons, State of Mind (2004-6). John submitted a selection of illustrated poems from his published works.

  • Poetry: Wendy Young

    Wendy Young began a poetry blog as well contributing reviews for Dao in 2013, following involvement with Survivors’ Poetry. She says: "Writing about life experiences through truth and humour is a survival mechanism. Poetry is therapy and any chance to express hidden darkness is a reason to live."

  • Poetry: Carol Robson: Just Saying How It Is

    Carol Robson loves the performance genre. She self-published her first collection Words of Darkness and Light in 2012, which will shortly be published as a second edition by Thynks Publications. She writes poetry on various themes but is passionate on issues of gender, sexuality, ageing and disability. 

  • Poetry: Owen Lowery: Otherwise Unchanged

    Writing and studying poetry was initially part of Owen Lowery's recovery following a spinal injury incurred while competing in a charity judo tournament as a young professional sportsman. Having recently won an Unlimited Award, Lowery's first major poetry collection, 'Otherwise Unchanged', was published by Carcanet in 2012. The work speaks in a range of voices, drawing from poetic traditions far and wide. 

  • Poetry: Julie McNamara: Chaos Calls

    Julie McNamara has been a tour de force within the field of Disability Arts for more than twenty years. Her current theatre work: Let Me Stay is a recipient of an Unlimited 2014 award, and is currently touring. Julie has also had her poetry published in several anthologies. Below Dao previews a selection from her first collection Chaos Calls, published by Vital Xposure.

  • Poetry: Penny Pepper: Lost in Spaces

    Penny Pepper is a writer, poet and performer with an extraordinary versatility to her work. Genre-defying and quirky, her work is infused with her passion as a veteran disability arts activist.

  • Poetry: Claire McLaughlin: Remembering Blue

    Claire McLaughlin shares a selection of poems from her forthcoming poetry collection Remembering Blue, to be published by Survivors Press in autumn 2014. Her work is infused with a sense of the losses and the gains that come with the  experience of impairment.

  • Poetry: Debjani Chatterjee: A Miscellany

    Award-winning poet-translator, Debjani Chatterjee MBE, shares a few poems from her collections, including her latest book 'Do You Hear the Storm Sing?' (Core Publications, winter 2014). She has been called 'a rainbow spirit' (Paul Beasley) and 'a voice of rare originality' (David Morley).

  • Poetry: Jonathan Andrews

    Jonathan Andrews’ poetry recounts a lived experience of autism – a perspective, which is too often ignored in favour of second-person narratives of what an autistic person seems to be thinking or feeling. He feels short, evocative snippets of this experience are the most powerful – and that the poetic form is the perfect medium to convey these.

  • Poetry: Kuli Kohli: Rag Doll

    Kuli Kohli was born with mild cerebral palsy in northern India and moved to England at an early age. She is a writer, mother, wife and full-time council worker.  Here she presents a selection from her book ‘Rag Doll’, published in 2014

  • Poetry: Angus McKenzie-Davie

    Angus M. D. writes about the experience of disability in both the real and virtual worlds. In the words of Dave Vanian: 'Feel the pain...'

  • Short story: Nick Lewis: 'Travels With My Self'

    Nick Lewis is an author, poet and artist. He is currently working on a serialised novel based on his experience of living with MS. We are delighted to share three chapters from the author's work-in-progress: ‘Travels With My Self’.

  • An argument for the Creative Case in Literature

    From the Cheltenham Literature Festival in 1998 to recent Lyric Lounge events, James Urquhart - Relationship Manager Literature, ACE East Midlands - gives an account of the Creative Case at work.

  • Creative writing project with the Grace Eyre Foundation

    Since August 2012 DAO has been publishing writing by members of the Grace Eyre Foundation creative writing group. On these pages you will find a selection of short stories and poetry by Lauretta Moyo, Hala Exander, James Grantham, Juliet Senker, Betty Vincent, Alex Yetton, Karen Young, Jonny Schachter, Keir Dean, Susan Street and Ann Hart as well as some collectively written pieces.

  • Selected poetry by Jonny Schachter

    Since August 2012 DAO has been publishing an online selection of creative writing by members of the Grace Eyre Foundation’s creative writing group. Here we feature a selection of poetry by Jonny Schachter who has a BA in sociology and English.

  • Great Camelot: From Chaos to Destruction by Keir Dean

    On this page DAO features Keir Dean's retelling of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of Camelot. Here the tale is retold with a dark twist involving a quest for the Holy Grail, heroic deaths and an end that does not end well for most.

  • If Dr Mel Schachter was Prime Minister of England by Jonny Schachter

    On this page DAO features a story in which the author re-imagines historical events from 1940 onwards. If only his father Dr Mel Schachter had been elected as Prime Minister instead of Winston Churchill and members of Grace Eyre had been put in charge of political events!

  • 'Superhumans and marriage beyond: a space idiocy 2012` by the Grace Eyre creative writing group

    On this page DAO presents a surreal epic story written collectively by Jonny Schachter, Keir Dean, Susan Street, Betty Vincent, James Grantham, Juliet Senker and Elaine Parkes. As the story begins Natasha, Elizabeth Williams is on the verge of getting married to Doctor John Vincent!

  • Profile: Seamus Heaney: Door into the Dark

    Seamus Heaney (b. 1939, d. 2013) was a poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the author of over 20 volumes of poetry and criticism, and edited several widely used anthologies. Anthony Hurford reflects on the poets second collection Door into the Dark, which evokes the poets early rural life in Northern Ireland

  • Essay: the war poetry of Keith Douglas, Alan Ross, and Wilfred Owen

    Owen Lowery, author of Otherwise Unchanged, published by Carcanet, and recipient of a recent Unlimited award offers a critique of the war poetry of Keith Douglas, Alan Ross, Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas. In contrasting the styles of these poets recording their experience of war, Lowery examines his own approach to recording the impact of impairment ‘in extremis’

  • Essay: The anti-war poem ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen

    Emmeline Burdett gives an analysis of one of the most famous anti-war poems of all time from the hand of the First World War Poet, Wilfred Owen. In a bid to evoke what Owen called ‘the pity of War’ the poem ‘Disabled’ gives impairment an emblematic status which, argues Burdett, impacts on attitudes today.

  • Profile: Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899 – 1976)

    Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899 – 1976) was a Bengali polymath, poet, writer, musician and revolutionary. Popularly known as Nazrul, his poetry and music espoused Indo-Islamic renaissance and intense spiritual rebellion against fascism and oppression. Debjani Chatterjee gives an account of the influence of his poetry on her life and career as a poet whose work creates a bridge between two continents.

  • Book: Ball & other funny stories about cancer

    Published by Oberon Books (2012) Brian Lobel's unexpected, quirky and provocative, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is the transcript of a unique collection of performances about illness and the changing body over time.

  • Review: Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman

    Published in June 2013 ‘Courting Greta’ is Ramsey Hootman’s debut novel: ‘a most unlikely romance, involving a 34-year-old crippled computer geek and a middle-aged gym teacher/ basketball coach with a penchant for addressing him as Mr. Cooke.’  Dr Emmeline Burdett critiques the novel from the perspective of a social model of disability.

  • Review: The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen by Lindsay Ashford

    Published in October 2011, 'The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen' is a historical mystery, researched and written while the author Lindsay Ashford was living in the former home of Jane Austen's brother. Dr Emmeline Burdett critiques the suppositions proposed in the novel from the perspective of the lives of women in Georgian England.


  • Review: ‘The Norwich Wheelchair Murders’ by Bill Albert

    ‘The Norwich Wheelchair Murders’ is an example of ’Crip Noir’ according to pre-publication reviews. Emmeline Burdett explores the ‘disability angles’ within this compelling thriller, written by wheelchair user and disability rights campaigner, Bill Albert. 

  • Review: You Have Not a Leg to Stand On by D.D. Mayers

    D.D. Mayers autobiography is described as the story of one man’s journey from happiness to despair and back again. Dr Emmeline Burdett gives an analysis of the book drawing on disability studies theory to understand how disabled people can often imbibe a negative self-image from disability stereotypes.