Missed the Thank Forum for Disabled Writers? Listen to this!

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Developing a career as a writer can be hard. As part of Access2Arts’ Thank driting development project for emerging disabled writer, we hosted the ‘Thank Forum for Disabled Writers’ where four writers shared their thoughts on developing as a disabled writer.

Now, Access2Arts has turned their presentations into four podcasts so that even if you missed the Thank Forum you can tune in to get insight into how you can build your writing practise into a career.

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Professionalism for writers 

“You want to make sure you’re remembered in the right way and not in the wrong way.”

By Kate Larsen

DOWNLOAD a podcast of Kate Larsen’s Thank presentation (26MB, MP3)

DOWNLOAD a transcript of Kate Larsen’s Thank presentation (24kb, DOCX) 


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Personal branding

“Personal branding is telling people what you do and why you do it. It shows people who you are!”

By Carly Findlay

DOWNLOAD a podcast of Carly Findlay’s Thank presentation (25MB, MP3)

DOWNLOAD a transcript of Carly Findlay’s Thank presentation (23kb, DOCX) 


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Valuing you

“I earn my living from writing, don’t ask me to write or talk for free”

By Gayle Kennedy

DOWNLOAD a podcast of Gayle Kennedy’s Thank presentation (32MB, MP3)

DOWNLOAD a transcript of Gayle Kennedy’s Thank presentation (24kb, DOCX)


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Writing disability 

“I’ve neither the time, energy or desire to read work that supports […] dominant views of disability…”

By Gaele Sobott

DOWNLOAD a podcast of Gaele Sobott’s Thank presentation (26MB, MP3)

DOWNLOAD a transcript of Gaele Sobott’s Thank presentation (24kb, DOCX)

The Thank Forum for Disabled Writers was held on Sunday 7 July 2019 at the Adelaide City Library and was moderated by Jessica Alice, Director of Writers SA.


Thank was supported by funding received from the SA Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Thank Forum for Disabled Writers was supported by the Adelaide City Library.

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Something new for your listening pleasure

At Access2Arts we are always keeping our ear to the ground listening for the tastiest morsels to delight even the most discerning audiophile. So when we received these hot-picks from our UK friends at VocalEyes we just had to share them.

Enjoy immersing yourself in these audio treats. And be sure to tell us what you think. We love hearing your thoughts.


Talk Description to Me

Innovative audio describer and a natural-born storyteller J.J. Hunt joins Christine Malec, a perpetually inquisitive member of the blind and partially sighted community who’s always wondering about something.  Together their discussions plunge into current events and topical issues to explore the content of important images, and help place vivid descriptions in their cultural context. Lively, hard-hitting, witty, vibrant, and fun, this is a podcast conversation with a view!

Talk Description to Me is a new podcast hosted by Christine Malec and J.J. Hunt. Get an earful.


Flight Paths by Extant

Flight Paths, a by UK theatre-makers Extant  is brought to life on screen for the first time in a new digital retelling of the 2019 production, co-commissioned by The Space, premieres on 15 August.

Combining animation, aerial movement and creative audio description, Flight Paths is inspired by the Goze, blind female storytellers and musicians who travelled the length and breadth of medieval Japan making a living from performing epic tales. Through interactive navigation by the Goze, viewers will journey through a unique, multi-sensory experience of Japanese cultural history and storytelling.

Learn more about the Goze on the Extant website, and read the interview with blind anthropologist Professor Kojiro Hirose from the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, who has a particular interest in the history of blind people in Japan.

In Extant’s 2019 production, two blind women took centre stage sometimes on aerial silks, sometimes with their feet firmly on the ground but always surrounded by voices, music, stories and ghosts. Read about the making of the production, with articles by the co-directors of Flight Paths, Maria Oshodi, Artistic Director of Extant, and Kumiko Mendl, Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre.

Art and museums

De Young Museum, San Francisco

Jim Kohn will lead a live audio-descriptive Zoom tour taking in at least 10 pieces from the De Young’s permanent collection. This ‘Connections’ tour highlights objects connecting traditional native cultures with contemporary times.

Duration: 1 hour. Join the Zoom call from 6:00AM ACST, Adelaide time on Friday 14 August (Thursday, 13 August 13, 1:30PM PST, San Francisco Time) 

https://zoom.us/j/94116402560 (Meeting ID: 941 1640 2560, Password: 948041)

On the box

Audio-described introduction to Hamilton on Disney+

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hopera, musical “Hamilton” is taking the world by storm. Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

The production of Hamilton now available on Disney+ was filmed at a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in 2016 and features the original cast.  It runs for 

If you want to hear what the buzz is all about, listen to the Audio Introduction, available in mp3, that has been specially written for the Disney+ production.

If you want to get more audio description in your life check out what audio described offerings await you in Adelaide, presented by Access2Arts.

Save the date for Meeting Place 2020!

Arts Access Australia has announced that Meeting Place 2020 will be held online for the first time on 15-16 September.

The forum will encompass a mix of panel discussions, keynote speakers, workshops and artistic showcases centred around the theme of ‘Creating Space’.

AAA CEO Matthew Hall said, “This year’s theme provides an opportunity to explore the idea of creating space for disability arts, leadership and access within the broader arts community, and to discuss and present ideas for how to do this.”

“The theme allows us to ask, who are we creating these spaces for and why? And as a disabled artist, how do I create space for myself – to advocate for myself – and others?”

The theme also refers to the need to create digital space for d/Deaf and disabled artists and audiences.

“Delivering Meeting Place 2020 online provides a unique opportunity to explore art and accessibility in the digital space,” said Hall.

“Isolation and being house-bound are not new experiences for many disabled artists or disabled audiences,” added Hall. “By focusing on providing digital access to the forum this year, we aim to incorporate digital access into a hybrid format of the Meeting Place program in the future. This will bring us one step closer to achieving Universal Access.”

The annual forum is hosted by Arts Access Australia (AAA), the national peak body responsible for advancing equity in the arts for d/Deaf and disabled Australians.

In previous years the forum has been held in different locations across Australia and overseas, shining a spotlight on d/Deaf and disabled artists and accessibility best-practice in the local area.

Tickets to Meeting Place 2020 will go on sale at the end of July. 

Meeting Place 2020 was planned to take place in Brisbane as part of the Undercover Artist Festival in September. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Undercover Artist Festival has rescheduled to a virtual showcase in December 2020.

Arts Access Australia appoints new CEO

Arts Access Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Hall as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Hall has a long history of engagement with the Australian arts sector. He has been Chair of the Brisbane Writer’s Festival and the Queensland Conservatorium within Griffith University, and a Board member of Queerscreen. He also played a key role in setting up the Namatjira Legacy Trust, working with family and community in Alice Springs.

A lawyer by trade, Hall brings to AAA 20 years of management experience across both commercial and non-profit organisations. He also has personal experience of living with disability, ensuring AAA’s continued commitment to disability leadership.

AAA Chair Belinda Locke said she is looking forward to a transformative era for AAA under Hall’s guidance.

“Matthew comes to AAA at a pivotal point in time for the organisation, and for the arts sector as a whole,” Locke said. “While there are indeed challenges ahead, I am excited by the opportunity presented by Matthew’s appointment. The Board and I look forward to working with Matthew as he leads the transformation of the organisation into a new era of delivering equal opportunity for cultural and creative participation and contribution for all Deaf and disabled Australians.”

“I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Interim CEO Bev East, who has provided instrumental support to the organisation over the past four months,” Locke said. “The AAA Board and staff wish you the very best for the future.”

Hall holds Bachelors of Arts and Laws and a Master of Law, and has completed post-graduate studies at Harvard Business School. He now lives in rural NSW in the historic village of Burrawang, where he pursues his passion for landscape photography.

SOURCE: https://artsaccessaustralia.org/arts-access-australia-appoints-new-ceo/