Disability Writes Back!
Where are all the disabled writers? Poets Owen Lowery and Jackie Hagan join Professor of Disability Research Tom Shakespeare to discuss the challenges they face and what society must do to break down these barriers.
Part of the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
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This event is BSL-interpreted and captioned.
About the speakers
Jackie Hagan is a writer and performer. She writes multi award-winning plays, stand-up comedy, performance poetry and solo shows. She runs workshops to help people who have been silenced, failed, vilified or forgotten to find their own voice. She received a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship this year. Jackie is a working-class, queer amputee. Website
‘Wonderful…I can’t wait to see her work everywhere’ – Hollie McNish
Jackie Hagan- Edna
Owen Lowery was born in 1968. Formerly a British Judo champion, he suffered a spinal injury while competing and is now a tetraplegic. He has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Bolton University, where he is completing his PhD. His poetry has appeared in Stand and PN Review, and has been listed in the Bridport Prize, the Welsh Open Poetry Competition, the Virginia Warbey Prize, and the International Sonnet Competition.
2 Minutes with Owen Lowery
Tom Shakespeare is Professor of Disability Research at Norwich Medical School, UEA. He has written or edited a dozen books on disability and on genetics. In another life, he was a stand-up comedian on the disability arts circuit, authored three TV documentaries, and did a one-man show at Newcastle’s Live Theatre. He is contributing to Charles Fernyhough’s edited collection Others. Website
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