Festival Events Celebrate D/deaf and Disabled Poets

Stairs & Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back is the first major UK anthology of poetry and essays from D/deaf and disabled writers, published by Nine Arches Press. Join writers, disability activists and co-editors of this groundbreaking anthology – Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, alongside fellow contributors – for an afternoon of poetry, film and discussion around disability and literature on Saturday 8 July at 3.30pm – 5pm.

At an accessible venue in Ledbury’s Community Hall, in a BSL-interpreted set, the Stairs and Whispers editors will present poems from the book and connected video poems.

In a political climate that constantly threatens to marginalise disabled people, Ledbury Poetry Festival hosts this afternoon of poetry and discussion that explores, empowers and represents the realities of D/deaf and disabled poets in their own words in present-day UK.

“This is a collection which redefines what poetry is. This is a collection which is nearly as varied as the diversity of impairment and disability and D/deaf experiences in Britain today. This is a collection which I will read and re-read until I have absorbed the richness and colour and anger and misery and humour and power of it.”
– Tom Shakespeare, author, Disability Rights and Wrongs



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