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D4D: Electric Bodies - 'Not Getting Lost' poetry and interview content

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posted on 31.03.2022, 21:28 by Vici Wreford-Sinnott, Allan Sutherland
D4D (Disability and Community: Dis/engagement, Dis/enfranchisement, Dis/parity and Dissent) was a four year AHRC Connected Communities project investigating issues around disability and community.

Electric Bodies was one of the eight project strands. It explored the relationship between the disabled artist and the disability arts community through a series of extensive life history interviews edited into transcription poetry cycles.

'Not Getting Lost' is a cycle of transcription poems written by Allan Sutherland. They are based on interviews conducted by Sutherland with the writer and theatre director Vici Wreford-Sinnott.

The poems cover Wreford-Sinnnott's background in the North-East, the influence of punk on her life, her discovery of theatre and her training at the University of Kent. She describes her period as CEO of Arts Disability Ireland, her role as Director of Arcadea, her subsequent work with the theatre company Little Cog and her links with the National Theatre. Wreford-Sinnott also discusses her commitment to theatre with learning disabled adults and outlines how her own mental health issues have affected her life and work.

This item contains the following files:

The poems (PDF)
Recording of Allan Sutherland reading the poems (MP3)
Transcript of the interview (PDF)
Audio of the interview (2 x MP3)

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Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)

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