D/deafness Writes Back!
How does D/deafness affect one’s ability to write, perform and enjoy what others have written? Poet and performer Raymond Antrobus and children’s writer Joyce Dunbar shed light on the challenges and triumphs of D/deafness in the creative community. Hosted by writer Aliya Gulamani.
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
Raymond Antrobus is a Jamaican, British poet, performer and hearing aid user, born and bred in East London, Hackney. His poems have been published in magazines and literary journals such as The Rialto and Magma Poetry. He is currently one of six London Laureates, a Complete Works III fellow and one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education (Goldsmith’s University). His second collection – Shapes & Disfigurements Of Raymond Antrobus – is published by Burning Eye Books. Raymond has read and performed his poetry at festivals (Glastonbury) and universities (Oxford). He has also read internationally. Website
‘His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted’ – Kwame Dawes
The First Time I Wore Hearing Aids | Raymond Antrobus | Spoken Word
Joyce Dunbar has written over 80 books for children, largely picture books, including Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep (Random House Children’s Books), Oddly (Walker Books) and I Want a Mini Tiger (Macmillan). Her picture book Shoe Baby (illustrated by Polly Dunbar) has been adapted into a stage play and Moon Bird (illustrated by Jane Ray) has been performed as a play throughout the world. An animated television series of Mouse & Mole is currently in development with the company Grasshopper Enterprises. Website
‘Joyce Dunbar is one of the best writers for children today, and this is a wonderful example of her sensitivity, lyrical style and gentle humour.’ – The Guardian
Aliya Gulamani is a deaf writer who has been involved in numerous creative projects over the years, including writing short stories, making films, acting and creating plays for performance. She is a keen advocate for diversity in publishing (and beyond), and currently works as a Communications and Projects Assistant at Spread the Word, London’s leading literature charity.
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