This podcast includes discussion about
a range of matters relating to how easy or
difficult D/deaf and disabled people find access to the publishing
Lunar Poetry Podcasts is a series of discussions, interviews and live
recordings with poets from around the UK and further afield. Founded in
south-east London in October 2014 by David Turner it aims to make critical
discussion of poetry available accessible and available to all.
In May 2017 LPP was awarded ‘bronze’ in the Represent category of the
inaugural British Podcast Awards. The aim of this category was to ‘champion
podcast that reach audiences traditional media fail to reach’.
Here is the episode description:
Khairani Barokka is joined by poets Raymond Antrobus, Sandra Alland and Giles L. Turnbull for a discussion about access to publishing in the UK.
The quartet discuss the variety of barriers they have faced or addressed during their careers. Taking the recently published anthology, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, as their starting point, they move on to cover magazine submissions, live reading, poetry competitions, and the often ‘tokenistic’ approach to diversity within poetry publishing.
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For the second time we have created an iBook from the Poetry Competition inspired by the images in our Annual Exhibition with the theme of Austerity/ Extravagance.
Caroline Gill was the winner with her poem Drop in the Ocean responding to her own artwork called Shoreline Symphonies.
If you would like to read Caroline’s poem as well as the other poems, carry on by clicking the widget below to download it for free to read on your iPad, iPhone or Mac.
If you do not have any of these devices we have a version in PDF format that should work fine with anything you have. If not, get in touch for bespoke formats
Poetry Detective Group
With Gwyneth Lewis
“Mrs Columbo is always telling me to read Dante.”
Do you find poetry frightening/ baffling/ intimidating? You’re not on your own. If you know how to look, the clues are all there in a good poem, however seemingly obscure the writing. Led by poet Gwyneth Lewis, this group/ workshop will develop ways of reading and writing which make you the detective, in charge of your own poetic investigation. Everybody’s welcome, no matter what level of experience. We’ll learn from the art and each other. A glove will be passed around to cover costs.
This week’s meeting takes place on Weds 25 January, from 7-9pm in Room 2 of the Penylan Library and Community Centre, Cardiff.
This is Disability Arts Cymru’s first Poetry Competition.
We gave the poets a brief to write in response to one of the artworks in our Annual Exhibition. Was this a narrow brief or a wide brief? You could see it either way. Many poetry competitions allow any poem, no matter when it was written or what the subject matter. Others ask people to write on a set subject. Our competition ensured that the poems entered would not be something dug out of the archives but would be freshly written. Looking at the exhibition it is clear that the subject choice was actually very diverse as the show featured photography, photorealistic drawing, abstract and figurative paintings, sculpture and a feast of food for the eyes. So it’s no surprise that the entries were also diverse and for a first competition, we are very pleased with the standard and absolutely delighted to have Menna Elfyn judge the competition and provide the foreword.
We have created a small publication out of this competition, featuring the poems and the artwork they are responding to on the same page so that you can read the poem and see the artwork at the same time. Currently we have two formats to offer, if you have a Mac, iPad, iPhone you can download it as a free iBook.
If you have other technology you can download it as a pdf.
We have also been working on other formats, in an attempt to please all of the people all of the time. Kindle users can read it as a PDF and retain the formatting, but for those that prefer it as a native Kindle app we will have these versions online soon but you will not get the same rich visual experience as the ePub format does not allow for nothing other than inline images. We will also be able to offer a plain text version and if there is a demand for it, an audio format may just be within our scope as well.
If you really, really want it in a different format, ask and we’ll see what we can do.
Performance of Angels’ is a new poetry booklet with a selection of 40 poems written by DAC member Ted Gibson.
Many of the poems are on the theme of blindness.
The booklet is for sale at £3 per copy and is sold in aid of the RNIB.
To purchase a copy of ‘Performance of Angels’ follow the link to Crystal magazine’s Blog spot:
Crystal Magazine blog/purchase copy of poetry booklet
The Deaf Cultural Centre
The Deaf Cultural Centre will give deaf artists support to work professionally, and to create new work in the future that can be presented at the DCC and other venues. Their objective is to encourage and support deaf artists to work in the arts more and promote Deaf culture by demonstrating an artistic-led approach to diversity and access. Explorers is a wealth of high quality creativity on offer to arts organisations, and venues. They hope networking, collaborations, commissions and grants follow after their intrepid explorers international travel & research. They also believe the explorers will open doors for deaf audiences; by creating spaces and events where Deaf people, hearing people & hard of hearing people can all mix and socialize together and learn more and explore more about Deaf culture.
They invited deaf creative’s to apply, challenging them to present proposals that would stretch their artistic practice, encouraging them to be inspired by international artists.The response was brilliant with extremely high quality proposals from the West Midlands & across the UK. They think Explorers is a fantastic opportunity and hope you do too. If you are an arts organisation or promotor and wish to meet an explorer to show or develop their work please contact them.
For more information go to their website: