Disability Arts Online (DAO) presented Words that Defy Normality

7.30pm – 10pm

DAO presented three writers and performance poets with their own unique take on disability. Hosted by disabled artist and DAO editor, Colin Hambrook this trio of spoken word performance took the audience on a journey through disabled lives. Featured artists were –

Penny Pepper is a genre-defying, versatile writer and disability rights activist. She returns to Daisyfest with a reading from her unique memoir, First in the World Somewhere, telling the story of the development of independent living and a culture of disability civil rights from the mid-1980s through to the end of 1999.

Allan Sutherland, once described as ‘the first political stand-up on the disability arts circuit’ has for thirty years been exploring ways of making heard the voices of disabled people. He has explored his own epilepsy though performance poetry, stand-up comedy and personal writing.

As a child, Dolly Sen was an alien in Empire Strikes Back. She knew then she would never know normal life. Dolly is an award-winning writer, artist, performer and filmmaker, which has taken her up a tree in Regents Park, to California’s Death Row, to the Barbican, Tower Bridge, and up a ladder to screw a lightbulb into the sky.

DAO editor and host, Colin Hambrook is author of two illustrated poetry collections: 100 Houses, DaDaSouth (2011) and Knitting Time (Waterloo Press, 2013). He has 20 years experience working at the hub of the Disability Arts Movement as an editor/producer, publishing and showcasing work by disabled artists, fostering networks and enabling debates around the development of disability arts practice.

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