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Access All Poetry: Only Air Book Launch

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The Poetry Café

22 Betterton Street

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WC2H 9BX

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Come along and celebrate D/deaf and disabled poetry in a relaxed and fully accessible atmosphere. This will be a BSL-interpreted event.

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Come along and celebrate D/deaf and disabled poetry and the launch of the debut collection by Stephen Lightbown in a relaxed and fully accessible atmosphere. In a BSL-interpreted event four poets will present poems and then take part in a lively discussion about accessibility in poetry.

Stephen Lightbown is a Bristol based, Blackburn born poet. In 1996, aged 16, Stephen became paralysed following an accident when he hit a tree whilst sledging in the snow. Twenty years after the accident he began writing poetry and writes extensively but not exclusively about life as a wheelchair user. In March 2019 his first poetry collection, Only Air, was published by Burning Eye Books.

Abi Palmer is an experimental artist and writer. Her current work, Crip Casino, is an interactive gambling arcade, exploring the disabled body in institutionalised spaces (showcases include Tate Modern and Somerset House, 2019). Her forthcoming book Sanatorium navigates a luxury rehabilitation space in Budapest and an inflatable blue Korean bathtub (Penned in the Margins, 2020). www.abipalmer.com @abipalmer_bot

Raymond Antrobus is a British-Jamaican poet. He is the author of ‘To Sweeten Bitter and The Perseverance (PBS Winter Choice, a Sunday Times / The Guardian poetry book of 2018 and winner of a Ted Hughes award) He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3, Jerwood Compton Poetry. He has an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths. In 2018 he was awarded The 'Geoffrey Dearmer Prize’.

Katie Watson is a multi-slam winning poet who loves trains, hates tories, and writes about feminism, dis/ableism, and the enduring tragedy of a dropped ice cream.  A regular at spoken word events around York, this year she’s begun performing further afield while also working with local organisation Say Owt to deliver workshops aimed at encouraging more disabled people to feel confident in writing, performing and taking up creative space. 

The event has level access into the main building, a lift down into the performance space, is accessible by taxi or bus, it has an accessible toilet and will be BSL interpreted.

This event has been made possible thanks to funding by Arts Council England.

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