The Communication of Disability

On meeting someone new, as a disabled person, there will always come a moment when that question is asked. The specifics of the question vary, but in my case, it’s – how far can you see? I’ve been asked this question in countless contexts: at parties, on buses, in cafes, and at airport security. To give credit to the enquirer, it’s often delivered with helpful intention, or at the very least with polite curiosity. […]

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Access All Areas

Every year, The List’s reviewers visit around a thousand cafés, bars and restaurants across Edinburgh and Glasgow for our Eating & Drinking Guide. Checking disability access is just one of the areas they look at, but it’s a critical issue for many. Accessibility is complex, and often the conversations we need to have about it are sidestepped for fear of saying the wrong thing. We generally associate ‘access’ with the wheelchair symbol: […]

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A (Postponed) Tour Diary

With the support of Unlimited and Creative Scotland, I was due to take my one-woman poetry show Within Sight on a tour around theatres in Scotland this Spring. Shortly after we began the tour, however, things were called to a halt by the outbreak of Covid-19. It’s a show about the Paralympics, running, and ableism, and much like the Paralympics itself, we are now hoping to reschedule the tour for 2021. It’s […]

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The Social Presents: Spoken Word

I fell into performing by accident. In 2015, I read a poem as part of a writing group showcase in Glasgow. After my reading, a member of the audience asked if I performed often and, if I’m honest, I wasn’t too sure what she meant by it. Poetry had always been something that I’d enjoyed privately but maybe it was time to share my words with more people. I went along to […]

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