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Writing Me is a professional development program for South Australian Disabled writers, with the aim of raising their profile, building a community and developing their skills.
Since November 2017, five writers have been working with Gaele Sobott, focusing on creating new work that reflects disabled writers’ embodiment of the world.
Pony, Alison, Jean, Julian and Josh have participated in a series of face-to-face workshops, Skype sessions and online forums to enhance their skills, develop new works and create their own community of practice in South Australia.
Throughout this project, the writers have developed a series of unique and provocative poems, stories and images that cover the themes; love, writing and me.
As well as being a published writer, Gaele is recognised nationally and internationally as a disability arts leader. She convened and curated the Accessible Arts NSW Scribbler forum for writers with disability and recently produced Fools’ Gold, a series of poetry workshops, performances and critical dialogues on art, mental health and well-being. For this Sydney-based project, she brought together writers who experience mental distress from across Australia and from the UK. Gaele uses the experience she has gained from working within a wide network of Deaf and disabled writers, her knowledge of the Social Model of Disability and her writing skills to participate in Writing Me as a peer and role model for South Australian writers. Importantly, she led the program with a fresh perspective and provided invaluable feedback.