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Colin Hambrook

A black and white portrait of a man wearing glasses.

About the artist


Colin is founding editor of Disability Arts Online. He has worked as a journalist, artist and poet within the disability arts sector in the UK since the early ’90s, when he was on the steering committee for Survivors’ Poetry. In 1995,when the Survivors’ Poetry Movement was at its height, he edited the group’s award-winning illustrated anthology, Under the Asylum Tree. He contributed to regular gigs and writing workshops within London’s thriving performance poetry scene.

Colin published his illustrated collections of poems, 100 Houses(2011) and Knitting Time (2013), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Literary Award.  He combines poetry and prose performance with visual art to express his personal experience of the wonders and trials of psychosis. In his teaching, journalism and arts practice, Colin draws on ideas from within Narrative Medicine, Open Dialogue and the Soteria Network that look at challenging medical model ideas of pathological ‘mental illness’ rather than the stresses inherent to living in a mad world.

Colin is a contributing writer for Access2Arts’ online project Collude – Embody.