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Stairs and Whispers Anthology Launch - D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back

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Scottish Poetry Library

5 Crichton's Close

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EH8 8DT

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Scottish Poetry Library and Nine Arches Press present the UK’s first major anthology of D/deaf and disabled poets on 27 September. Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, is a groundbreaking anthology examining UK disabled and D/deaf poetics. Over 20% of the poets are Scotland-based.

The event will feature readings, performances and films from contributors including Alison Smith (British Sign Language), Bea Webster (BSL), Claire Cunningham, Donna Williams, Emily Ingram, Gary Austin Quinn (BSL, with Kyra Pollitt and Christine De Luca), Georgi Gill, Lydia Popowich, Mark Mace Smith, Markie Burnhope, Nuala Watt and Sarah Golightley. They will be joined by two of the co-editors, Sandra Alland and Khairani Barokka and film collaborators AB Silvera and Ania Urbanowska. Live readings will be BSL interpreted and have projected text, films will be captioned and audio described.

The book contains poetry as well as essays, photos and links to accessible online videos (some of BSL poetry) and audio recordings. It is described as “showcasing a diversity of opinions and survival strategies for an ableist world. With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces, these poets refuse to perform or inspire according to tired, old narratives.”


The Scottish launch will include poetry, film and discussion around disabled and D/deaf poetics. Access: 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.

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