The Memoir Garden

Anything else you think we should know?

When I came to evaluate my Arts Council Memoir Garden residency, it struck me that people with learning disabilities are subject to endless evaluation by social workers and carers, doctors and auditors. The official language and value judgements of such forms threaten to strip people with learning disabilities of their humanity. As a way to… Continue reading Anything else you think we should know?

Something Rhymed: celebrating female literary friendship

Launch of Something Rhymed

I hope your 2014 is off to a good start. I’m marking the New Year with the launch of a website, Something Rhymed. It is about famous female writing friendships, and it is a joint venture with my own close writer friend, Emily Midorikawa. Each month, we’ll be profiling a different pair of famous writer friends… Continue reading Launch of Something Rhymed

The Memoir Garden

The Memoir Garden locally and nationally

The Memoir Garden poets have been spreading the word about our collection of poems from the words and experiences of adults with learning disabilities. The collection proved such a success locally that Waterstones in Berkhamsted restocked for the third time, we ordered a second print run, and held a London launch, kindly hosted by New York University in London. A… Continue reading The Memoir Garden locally and nationally