Protests & Campaigns

A Shocking Call To Action

We’re just settling into the second week of the Festival of Rest and Resistance which I’ve curated at Battersea Arts Centre. As a two-week festival it’s the longest event we’ve programmed and we’re trying to make sure we practise … read more

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Who’s In the Rows?

Note: An Easy Read version of this blog is available at the bottom of the post.

For the last week or two my timeline’s been full of discussion about ‘All In A Row’, a play which opened this … read more

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Outrage or Inspiration?

In the last week or so I’ve seen lots of memes, videos and photos online that relate to disability. All of these have shown ordinary moments in people’s lives – using a phone, having a dance, going to read more

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“By The Power Of #Hashtags”

Online activism can be powerful, as campaigns like #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite have demonstrated. Hashtags like these can be especially useful in highlighting the shared experiences of a particular group and creating space for solidarity to be given and received. Crucially … read more

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Chats With Cats and Beyond…

I’m excited to hand over today’s blog to my friend and voice researcher Sophie Meekings. Sophie’s supported Touretteshero in a number of ways, most recently by volunteering at our big inclusive event Brewing In Battersea. She’s here to let you … read more

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Wheelie Imaginative

I’ve been staying with Fat Sister, King Russell and their young daughter Bean over the last few days.

Bean has lots of Duplo building bricks – in fact they used to be Fat Sister’s and mine. As a child … read more

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Not Fit For Purpose - My Seventh Fitiversary

Today is my seventh fitiversary. Seven years ago today I woke up experiencing an episode of intense back-to-back tics. They’d been happening on and off for a while but this intensification was impossible to ignore.

Since then I’ve spent … read more

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#INeedStraws

Back in March I wrote about the threatened ban on plastic straws. In it I responded to a lot of the questions non-disabled people were asking when disabled people told them they really do need straws. So if you’re … read more

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Reflection For Grenfell

A year ago today the country woke up to the news of the shocking fire at Grenfell Tower.

In the post I wrote later that day I described how, even from those very early pictures and news reports, I felt … read more

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Stop Talking And Start Relaxing

Joyce was supporting me today and we got chatting about theatre. She’s not a regular-theatre goer but she did come to the Brewing In The Basement cabaret night we held at The Barbican Centre last November.

Joyce, who’s Jamaican, said … read more

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