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Writing Me

One of the more well-known slogans of the disability rights movement is “Nothing About Us Without Us” … there are very few of ‘US’ in the Australian media, literature and writing sector.

Gaele Sobott

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.

Five writers from Writing Me standing and smiling at the camera. One has a post over her face that says love as the bigger picture.

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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.

Four writers from writing me smiling at the camera. Left to right, Pony, Gaele, Alison and Josh.

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.


Love as the bigger picture

A piece of paper with colourful words about love
Explore Love


Sorry for speaking,
I’m sorry I speak

Explore Writing


she’s a diagnostic flowchart
she’s both the smoking gun / and witness
gentle baby’s jugular
passive motion sickness
floral peroxide

Julian Jaensch gesturing to a poster on the wall with his writing on it.
Explore Me


I loved working with writers who have similar ideas and thoughts, but also diverse imaginations.

facebook post. Sooo...two days ago, I joked there may be the possibility of robot dancing in our workshops. Today, I am please to say that was delivered in the staff storeroom. Thanks for over exceeding all expectationAccess2Arts. First image, Access2Arts staff skills 'enthusiasm for doing the robot. 2nd image 2 robots.
Meet Us


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.

Five authors looking happily at the camera, with Gaele Sobott in the centre holding textas