Where are all our deaf heroes, blind villains, protagonists in wheelchairs, with walking sticks or stutters? Who was the last disabled author to make the Times Bestseller list, win the Man Booker Prize or be showcased at your local library?
As part of our Feminist Book Fortnight we’re celebrating the works and contributions of disabled writers. We’ll be talking about terrific books and zines, different approaches to writing and discussing the challenges that disabled writers face when trying to access and succeed in the publishing world.
A feminism predicated on ableism and privilege cannot be a radical, liberating philosophy, and so has no place in today’s feminist struggles. Intersectionality proposes that social and political institutions are connected and need to be analysed together and not separately. Such institutions include race, gender, sex, religion and disability. Disability, however, is one of the many intersections that is often forgotten or silenced, causing an even more marginalized group of individuals.
Our panelists are all brilliant, engaged, multi-talented disabled writers – among them are novelists Ever Dundas, Nasim Marie Jafry and Wendy Temple, as well as zine creator and activist Oliver Wain.
Their work is hugely diverse, from semi-autobiographical fiction, to sci-fi, poetry and journalism – Chairing this magnificent line up is Creative Scotland’s Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing, Jenny Niven.
We are thrilled to have found a local venue which provides the following:
-Wheelchair access and accessible seating
-Microphones for speakers
-A quiet break out space.
***We are currently trying to source a BSL interpreter for the event – if you are able to assist with this, or if not having an interpreter present would impact on your ability to access the event, please get in touch with the bookshop.***
We will also be live streaming this event for readers who are not able to attend, so if you would like to tune in do just send a wee email to email@example.com and we will fill you in on the details.
If you have any needs not covered by the list above please do get in touch and we will do our very best to accommodate you!
As a small indie we run on a shoestring and do not have any outside funding so we do have to charge for spaces at this event. However, we’re conscious not everyone can afford a ticket so we have reserved a few free spots, if you are unable to pay for a place and would like to attend, do shoot us an email and we’ll add you to the guestlist.