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I am, amongst other things, a TV Producer and writer. My novel ‘Pavement’, published by Cutting Edge Press, is a dark, gruesome, funny and dystopian story of a disabled serial killer. My blog attempts to illuminate the delightful, dark and dangerous thing that is the tunnel of life... Where's my torch?

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14 March 2016

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There has been a long transit between this blog and my last. The reasons are many and varied. I’m in the last throes of completing a Dispatches programme for Channel Four, it is a demanding taskmaster, the last area of television in which you must be factually accurate a difficult thing to achieve in any arena. Facts are like eels, slippery and cunning, hard to pin down.  You may want to watch if you have a passing 30 minutes and a television set (or a computer). The subject matter...

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Disabled is the new able

30 September 2015

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An image of the torso of a man sporting a variety of labels such as 'average', 'awkward',  'dribbler', 'overcome'. He wears a stethoscope attached to his chest

I was at the Edinburgh festival this year. I sat on a panel entitled ‘Disability a creative advantage’ which was a fun bit of rhetorical cant.  But, the thing that struck me most was the presence of disability; it was everywhere, it’s like a new ‘art’ fashion.   Will there be lines of clothing?  Will, “Top Shop cripples,” “Mongs’ at Muji” and “Spazridges” be all the rage? Wheelchairs shall replace Penny...

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Comic book Crips

18 June 2015

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cartoon of a male superhero head complete with wicked grin and red futuristic headpiece

I watched a "kerpow" of Superhero movies the other night, mainly because I just didn’t fancy another evening of Francis Bacon and Foucault. That’s the way I roll, sublime to ridiculous in less than 24 hours. I noticed a few things about the superhero movies. It’s something that has long bugged me and now I’m going to bug you with it as well. A handsome white male billionaire, in a Batsuit dispensing summary justice across a city according to his own value...

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Election Fever – like Ebola but more fatal

18 May 2015

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sepia portrait of writer Richard Butchins

So, we recently had an election, in case anybody missed it, and I nearly did. The result was mind numbingly predictable the Tories won in England and the SNP in Scotland and nobody has any idea what happened in Wales.   I see much moaning and wailing about the outcome and what it means for disabled people; the thing is it doesn’t mean much.  It will be business as usual under a Tory government. Labour espoused much the same welfare and arts policies as the Tories (not to mention...

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