75. Stairs & Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back
3.30pm – 5pm
Stairs & Whispers is a 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 – for an afternoon of readings, performances, films, and discussion around disability poetics, D/deaf culture, and poetry as text, performance, recording and translation. At this accessible venue in a BSL-interpreted set, the Stairs and Whispers editors will present poems from the book. They will be joined by several other writers and performers from the anthology, live or via captioned film-poems in BSL and English. Poets include Rachael Boast, Markie Burnhope, Andra Simons, Gary Austin Quinn, Nuala Watt, Bea Webster and Donna Williams.
In a political climate that constantly threatens to marginalise disabled and D/deaf people, Ledbury Poetry Festival hosts this afternoon of poetry and discussion that explores, empowers and represents the realities of disabled and D/deaf poets in their own words.
Sandra Alland’s work includes Blissful Times and Naturally Speaking and Khairani Barokka's works include Indigenous Species and Rope Daniel Sluman has two books: Absence has a weight of its own and The Terrible.