Watching the moon from the eye of the storm: just give yourself a chance to stop

a full moon and a cloudy blue/grey sky, highlighting a bird on a tree limbI feel like I am being held in the eye of a storm.

Over the last week or so, the lives of many of those around me seem to be spinning out of orbit, in both positive and negative ways. A friend ‘s cancer is inoperable, another falls from a ladder and breaks his spine, one lands their dream job, one gains a prestigious award, one books her travel to Katmandu, another finds out they don’t have the diagnosis they dread, another’s son flies to half way around the world… all around lives changing direction in both meticulously scripted or in completely surprising ways. All illustrating that extensive planning can change your life – and so can a random moment in time. Continue reading

London 2012: creating a nano-cloud for diversity and equality

an image of two wheelchair users back to back - the left is covered in union jacks (our national pride at the moment) and the right is grey and dark - a sythe in hand - the threat of benefit cuts

So how do we feel? At the end of this summer of Olympic and Paralympic excellence, at the end of London 2012 Festival pushing art into every corner of the country, at the end of Unlimited – a four-year journey for deaf and disabled artists to stretch every muscle and sinew and bring us work that was frankly extraordinarily brilliant – how do we feel?

Elated? Exhausted? Continue reading