Living with an Invisible Disability 101: Effing Ableism!

WARNING. ANGRY RANT ABOUT INSENSITIVE KNOW-IT-ALLS AHEAD! (This was a personal social media post but the response from disabled friends has prompted me to share it more widely. Thanks to all who commented.) Featured photo from healthline.com I had a really awful experience of Ableism recently.I went to a new exercise class to try it […]

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Some of us were ahead of our time …

In the same way as so much of my work in the 1980s was ignored and derided and is now considered ‘cutting edge’ over 30 years later, so I see the same thing with so many activist friends.  I thought this incredible post from my dear friend, poet and musician, Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Skec was worth […]

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Rebecca Watts, Gary Longden and Me

Header Photo:  ‘Apples and Snakes: Raw and Biting Cabaret Poetry’, Pluto Press, London, 1984;  ‘In the Pink: the Raving Beauties Choose Poems From the Show and Many More’, The Women’s Press, London, 1983. A year ago I had a very nuanced and worthwhile discussion online with the British Poet Gary Longden. Gary had responded to a […]

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Living with an Invisible Disability 101: Carers

An online group I’m in recently posed the question of how we Crip Warriors should respond to the plethora of articles that discuss  ‘parenting a child with a disability”. As we share the ‘Social Model’ Of Disability, and call out Ableism in all its manifestations, we also often point out how these articles, in the […]

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How others see us can be surprising

  A friend of ours married a lovely young lady from Vietnam; they have a beautiful young daughter who took many years to conceive and is therefore something of a miracle child, and much loved.  An’s parents have come over to Australia, from their home in Ho Chi Minh City, for a year to spend […]

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Writing your Truth, Staring Down Censure

Recently, in an online women writers’ group I frequent, someone asked if others had experienced friends and family members becoming upset at things we had written and published, even when it made no mention of them, or anything directly affecting them. This sounded all-too-familiar, so I wrote this response: TRUTH IS … Before we couldn’t […]

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