Sunday 1 December 2013

December 2013: Wordsmiths & Co / The House of Lords / Edinburgh

Wordsmiths & Co / Warwick Arts Centre. Event features  / / / A quartet of exciting voices, plus unique poetry films, commissioned by Apples and Snakes for their Architects of Our Republic event.

On Tuesday I've been invited to speak at The House Of Lords as part of The 21st Birthday of the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities. I'll be speaking out on the behalf of disabled and blind people at the red carpet premier of the 'Sea Of Change' film. Lord Low the inspirational blind Lord is sponsoring the event. This is a great honour. My mother is a full time carer of my little sister and so I'm both humbled and excited to be given the opportunity to write and speak up for the UK's disabled, the blind, those with learning difficulties and those that care for them, the very people that need our help, support and understanding most of all.

There is a group of amazing blind and partially sighted pensioners from the National Federation of the Blind of the UK - Their film is called 'Sea of Change' and they ask one simple question 'How Does A Blind Person Cross the Road?'  This powerful film documents the life changing impact these new road designs are having on blind people in the UK. This will be its big screen world premier in the House of Lords. With Victor Jackson from the National Federation of the Blind of the UK from Leeds asking the questions here in the trailer 
The issues discussed within the ‘Sea of Change Film’ were investigated on the BBC Radio 4 Intouch you may listen again to the programme here

DECEMBER 6th-8th:
I'm contributing to a weekend of performance and poetry in Edinburgh, details at

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