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After successful launches and events at Birmingham University, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Last Word (Roundhouse), the UK’s first major anthology of D/deaf and disabled poets arrives in Edinburgh on 27th September and London on 9th November! We have also recently been featured in Wordgathering (link), Lunar Poetry Podcasts (link) and Dave Poems (link).

Order Stairs and Whispers here. Captioned BSL Video about the book here.

1. Wordgathering
ACCESS INFO: Text-based, online.This month’s issue of Wordgathering features a review by Sheila Black, and an interview by Mike Northen of Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman.
Review Link: http://www.wordgathering.com/past_issues/issue43/reviews/stairs2.html
Interview Link: http://www.wordgathering.com/past_issues/issue43/interviews/stairs1.html

2. Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh EH8 8DT
Wednesday September 27th, 6.30pm-9:00pm
ACCESS INFO: captioned films; projected text of poems; BSL interpreting by K. Yvonne Strain and Catherine King; BSL content; step-free access via lifts; gender-neutral accessible toilet; some audio description, quiet space.The event will feature readings, performances and films from co-editors Sandra Alland and Khairani Barokka, plus contributors Bea Webster (BSL), Claire Cunningham, Donna Williams, Emily Ingram, Gary Austin Quinn (BSL, with Kyra Pollitt and Christine De Luca), Mark Mace Smith, Markie Burnhope, Nuala Watt and Sarah Golightley. Tickets £3/£4 here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stairs-and-whispers-anthology-launch-ddeaf-and-disabled-poets-write-back-tickets-36482699737?aff=efbeventtix

3. ‘Disability and Diversity’, The Complete Works Diversity in UK Poetry Conference, Goldsmiths, Dixon Rd, London SE14 6YZ
Thursday November 9th, 12.30pm-1:15pm
ACCESS INFO: captioned film; projected text of poems; BSL interpreting; BSL content; step-free access via lifts; gender-neutral accessible toilet; some audio description. This event will feature readings and performances by Khairani Barokka, Miss Jacqui and Saradha Soobrayen. Also featururing a screening of a short film of British Sign Language poetry by Bea Webster. [Plus more from Khairani Barokka at 3:40pm on a panel talking ‘Disability, art and poetics: process and practice.’]

For bookings, e-mail Natteitler@gmail.com with ‘Conference booking’ in the heading. More info: https://thecompleteworkspoetry.com/the-complete-works-diversity-in-uk-poetry-conference/ Travel info: http://www.gold.ac.uk/find-us/

4. Lunar Poetry Podcasts
ACCESS INFO: Text based blog, audio recording with transcript available for download.Khairani Barokka is joined by poets Sandra Alland, Raymond Antrobus and Giles L. Turnbull for a discussion about access to publishing in the UK.Link: https://lunarpoetrypodcasts.com/2017/08/20/episode-105-access-to-publishing/

5. Dave PoemsACCESS INFO: Text-based blog.Dave interviews co-editors Khairani Barokka, Sandra Alland and Daniel Sluman.Link: https://davepoems.wordpress.com/2017/08/28/sandra-alland-khairani-barokka-and-daniel-sluman-eds-stairs-and-whispers-ddeaf-and-disabled-poets-write-back-interview/


Film still from Goat Poem (for the kids) by Mark Mace Smith. The image is of a dirt road in Majorca, with green grass and leafless shrubbery on either side. The road leads off into the fog. On the left side of the road is a goat. Along the road and facing away from the camera are three versions of the same figure – wearing all black. The closest version of the figure stands facing slightly to the left, and the other two walk away from the camera along the road. The middle version of the figure is accompanied, on the right-hand side, by a second goat (which is actually the same goat). The words ‘by all means necessary’ appear in white font over the centre of the image.