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Lego Wheelchairs

My niece Bean is two-and-a-half and she loves building structures with blocks – she calls them ‘structions’. The blocks we play with are the same ones that Fat Sister and I had as kids.

I have poor dexterity in my … read more

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I Love Cats?

Disclaimer: I’m not writing this post alone. There’s a heavy weight lurking on my chest, vibrating relentlessly, and occasionally batting my face for asnmyu,uuuuu attention. My vibrating companion also keeps stepping on the keyboard…

Introducing Monkey the cat. Monkey is … read more

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Sliding Through Life

Eight years ago I moved into the castle after my declining mobility made life in my previous lair impossible. I hadn’t wanted to move to start with, but with the support of my friends and family I soon settled into … read more

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Playtopia and Beyond

Playing and making are the two big passions in my life, and they always have been.

Play is a fundamental part of children’s lives and it’s very individual for each person, but sadly some children don’t have the same opportunity … read more

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Punch Line Punch Down Punch Up

I’ve just got back from performing at the Brilliant Shambala Festival. Shambala’s got a very special place in my heart for several reasons – it’s the first place where I ever went on stage. It’s where I learnt the … read more

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Pain Portrait

In my early teens I was introduced to the idea of ‘Pen Portraits’. These are described online as informal descriptions of a person that may include ‘hard’ characteristics like age, but will also focus on softer dimensions such as … read more

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Artful Access

This morning I left the castle for the first time in almost a week after a nasty infection kept me in bed for several days. Feeling better and keen to get out I went to meet one of my oldest … read more

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Post-Tonsil Tonsillitis

I’m finally emerging from a week lost to illness. Last Sunday I woke up at Boomtown with a very sore throat. As the day progressed I felt increasingly unwell so we headed home early and I went straight to bed.… read more

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The Slow GIF Movement

Earlier this year we held the Festival of Rest & Resistance at Battersea Arts Centre in London. On the lead up to that event we commissioned an artist to design and make a brand new chill out space at BAC. … read more

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Stop Talking And Start Relaxing 2019

Back in April 2018 I wrote a post called Stop Talking And Start Relaxing, sharing my frustrations about the pace of change surrounding relaxed theatre performances. These are performances that make a number of small, low- or no-cost … read more

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