Writing and stuff

Jo has created up to date, relevant and easy to access content for a number of sites, publications and resources. Just follow the links to see some of the work for yourself:

Blogging for the Huffington Post 

Bedding Out: When Taking to Your Bed is Both Activism and Art

Access all Areas: Live Art and Disability

Pushing Watershed’s Dick Penny into The Space

If This is The State of the Arts Then It’s Not Access for All

Can an Epileptic Seizure Be Art?

Blogging for Guardian Cultural Professionals Network

Does digital do diversity differently?

Paralympics 2012: pushing the arts, as well as athletes, to new limits

Claire Cuningham balancing provocatively on her crutches

Essays illustrating the Creative Case

Web articles for Arts Council England illustrating the Creative Case through the work of disabled artists.



You’ve got to laugh: disability and humour

Aesthetics of Access: creative access in theatre

Seeing in close up: exploring the work of photorealist painter Chuck Close

We are astonishing: on Disability Arts

Come on, feel the noise: Evelyn Glennie and Goldie

Shifting ground: on Scottish Dance Theatre

Digitising Disability: on the work of Ju Gosling, Simon Mckeown and Merce Cunningham

Looking again: on the work of Susan Austin and Danny Gregory

Waking up, Shaking up (live art and the creative case)

Rita Marcalo's bare back.Reviews on artists, performances and events

The most recent in an ongoing series of reviews of work.

Review: imove, LeanerFasterStronger

Review: Jez Colborne’s Irresistible

Review: Fittings, The Ugly Spirit

Review: Pathways to the Profession Symposium

Review: Jo Verrent sees Rita Marcalo’s Involuntary Dances

A conversation with Rachel Feldberg, Artistic Director of the Ilkley Literature Festival

photo of the face of Caroline BowditchScottish Dance Theatre Impact Report

Impact Report for Caroline Bowditch’s role as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change. This role was created out of the Dance and Disability in Scotland report Jo authored for Scottish Arts Council, reviewing the state of play throughout the country in 2007.


Report: Disability and the Dance and Drama Awards

Original report into dance and drama training options for disabled people which kick started a wide number of supportive schemes to develop inclusivity in performing arts training in the UK (commissioned by the Department for Education and Employment). This research was updated within the Disability Access Review of the Dance and Drama Providers in 2007.

Guidance on Disability Access

A manual designed for the providers of Dance and Drama Award bursaries covering all aspects of Disability Equality in relation to high level dance and drama training, funded by the Learning and Skills Council, now housed at YPLA. Originally produced as a hard print version, this could originally be downloaded in 7 parts (as pdfs). Sadly, only two of the links currently work – but I’m looking into it.

  • Introduction: 
Explains why this guide has been created, giving some of the background to the rise of the inclusion agenda and explores the different ways of looking at disability.
  • The Basics 
Gives information on the Disability Discrimination Act, statistics and definitions around disability. It ends with suggestions for disability etiquette and language.
  • Access to your Training 
Looks at creating access to selection and audition procedures and teaching, including information on how to work with facilitators and managing health and safety concerns.
  • Reaching Disabled People Provides guidance on how to reach out to people to ensure that they know about your school, and on how to make standard print materials and websites more accessible.
  • Physical Access 
Looks at physical access provisions and access audits. It lists contacts and resources that might be useful for DaDA providers looking to undertake physical renovation.
  • Employment 
Provides guidance on how to ensure that the employment practices comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act legislation.
  • Support, resources and contacts 
Comprehensive listings of books, videos and courses that might be of use to people working in dance, drama and stage management/technical theatre which addresses issues of access inclusion and disability.
  • Appendices 
A glossary of frequently used terms, a checklist to help develop Disability Action Plans and specific information and guidance on working with people with visual impairments, hearing impairments and mental health needs.


front cover of Getting There publicationGetting There

A pdf resource for arts organisations based in Scotland covering all aspects of inclusive practice, crammed with case studies and examples from around Scotland, funded by the Scottish Arts Council and still available on the archive site following their closure and the creation of Creative Scotland.


screen grab of the Get a Plan siteGet a Plan

A website to support arts organisations in England create disability action plans, based on a four year programme across the south east supporting regularly funded organisations. The four year programme, and the website, were funded by Arts Council England, South East.