NEWS UPDATE – 11/01/2018 – We will now be running more workshops and also creating a publication of the writing produced in Spring 2018. A big thank you to our members and partners for making this possible!

Our Future Selves brings together Daisy (Disability Arts in Surrey) and DAO (Disability Arts Online) with Surrey Libraries to deliver a series of spoken word events across the county in Autumn 2017. Local organisations have the opportunity to take part in free, bookable DAO writer lead workshops, which encourage participants to explore their perceptions of the future. In the afternoon there will be free spoken word performances by DAO artists with slots available for budding performers.

DAO artists include Richard Houghton Award winner Terri Winchester, South Bank Poetry and Anomalie Magazine published Wendy Young, Penguin published and Brighton Festival performer Akila Richards, ACE funded and Best of Black-British Writing published Lynne E Blackwood and MIND book of the year winner John O’Donoghue.

Throughout the events the public will be able to engage with installations created by Arts Matters (Woking, Redhill, Epsom) and The Grange (Woking, Farnham, Guildford).

Please note, all activities are free but local disability organisations must book onto workshops as spaces are limited. To do so please email The spoken word readings are open to the public and no booking is necessary.

In conjunction with these events we have commissioned a series of unique bookmarks, each customised by Daisy member organisations who will draw or write short messages on them. These will be hidden in books at libraries county wide. Maybe you will find one!


Dates – 2017

Woking – Saturday 14th October

Redhill – Thursday 19th October

Farnham – Friday 27th October

Guildford – Thursday 2nd November

Epsom – Saturday 11th November


The days will run as follow:

Workshop (bookable to Surrey based Disability Organisations) – 11-1pm

Spoken word readings (open to general public) – 2-4pm

Installations viewable throughout normal library opening times


If you are interested in booking onto one of our workshops or would like to find out more about the events please email Callum Graham at

About the Organisations

Daisy (Disability Arts in Surrey) is an umbrella organisation which promotes and celebrates the works of disability artists and disability arts organisations in Surrey. The organisation strives to develop the south east as the lead region in the UK for disability and deaf cultural activity, making Surrey a welcoming and accessible place for all artists to practice. Daisy works with its member organisations to share skills, resources and grow together.

Surrey Libraries is a County Council run organisation which manages 52 vibrant libraries operating across the county. It runs a range of activities to support the cultural life of members including regular author talks and readings, writing workshops and Rhyme Time sessions. Surrey Libraries support over 300 reading groups, 30 of which are actively connected to their local library.

DAO is an established disability-led arts organisation that gives disabled artists a platform to blog and share thoughts and images describing artistic practice, projects and just the daily stuff of finding inspiration to be creative. As well as a fantastic online resource they also collaborate on performance events that highlight the amazing work going on within the sector.

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