The Dreadnought Project
As part of last year's centenary events marking 100 years since all men and some (older, land-owning) women gained the vote in the UK, I was commissioned by The Birley artist studios in Preston to create a piece for their homage to The Woman's Dreadnought, the working class suffragette newspaper, looking specifically at those who were still denied the vote in the 1918 law change.
My piece - Hyperacusis - weaves disability-altered aesthetics into letter-to-the-editor-style fiction, alongside my self portrait of the same name. It was a huge treat to work with The Birley artists! Check out more on this project and their wider work here.
I spoke with Chris Neilan for the excellent Two Minute Stories podcast and it got quite unexpectedly close to... not the bone but the core, the gut, the gristle. The heart. We talk short fiction and time distortion, aid agencies and war and the ways in which work writes itself on our bodies, the way stories can reach the unspeakable.
Have a listen to some Seán Hewitt magic, and then work your way back through the season.
I'm a British-Canadian writer and artist. I've performed at many festivals and live events across the UK and beyond, solo and in collaboration with other writers, musicians and visual/digital artists. I have most recently written for the new Comma Press anthology Protest! Stories of Resistance, looking at working class suffragettes and forced feeding. My stories have featured on BBC Radio 4, in Short Fiction Journal, and on the literary mapping app LitNav, with poetry appearing in numerous anthologies, including the recent Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and disabled poets write back, the UK’s first anthology of poetry, essays, films and photography of its kind, from Nine Arches Press. My short story collection, Jebel Marra (Comma Press, 2015), was nominated for a number of national and international awards, and I am now working on my second collection, an audio and digital short story map of Hayling Island. See below for more on that.