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Dear Poets and Readers/Watchers/Listeners:

Co-editors Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman have chosen a title for our forthcoming anthology of UK disabled and D/deaf poetry, essays and visuals with Nine Arches Press: Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back. We’re over the moon to announce that the print version and e-book will be available in May, with a celebratory launch in Birmingham in June.

All decisions for Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back have now been made, and all writers who submitted to the anthology should have received notification of the results of their submissions. If you have a query please contact us at disabilitypoetryukATgmail.com.


In addition to the print anthology, online we will feature audio recordings of many of the anthology’s poems (made by the poets themselves) and a curated programme of short films by D/deaf and disabled poets. The films include new British Sign Language performance poetry by Bea Webster and Donna Williams; they will appear as stills with links in the print/e-book anthology, and also be screened during selected Stairs and Whispers tour dates.

Stairs and Whispers includes poems and performances by over 50 new and established poets, short critical or personal writings by selected contributors, and essays by our three co-editors plus Raymond Antrobus, Abi Palmer, Eleanor Ward and Nuala Watt.

The print anthology features poems by:
Aaron Williamson
Abi Palmer
Abigail Penny
Alec Finlay
Andra Simons
Angela Readman
Cath Nichols
Catherine Edmunds
Cathy Bryant
Claire Cunningham
Clare Hill
Colin Hambrook
Debjani Chatterjee
El Clarke
Eleanor Ward
Emily Ingram
Georgi Gill
Giles L. Turnbull
Gram Joel Davies
Grant Tarbard
Holly Magill
Jacqueline Pemberton
Joanne Limburg
Julie McNamara
Karen Hoy
Khairani Barokka
Kitty Coles
Kuli Kohli
Lisa Kelly
Lydia Popowich
Markie Burnhope
Michelle Green
Miki Byrne
Naomi Woddis
Nuala Watt
Rachael Boast
Raisa Kabir
Raymond Antrobus
Rosamund McCullain
Rose Cook
Sandra Alland
Saradha Soobrayen
Sarah Golightley
Sean Burn
Stephanie Conn

For more information on how to purchase Stairs and Whispers, or for upcoming tour dates and online resources click here.