This site now acts as an archive only. For the latest news, opinion, blogs and listings on disability arts and culture visit

Disability Arts Online

> > Richard Downes

I once wrote for life now I write in life. I'm looking forward to developing a blog presence with personality for DAO whilst delivering comment, reviews, photos and views on disability and how it's represented.

My Bed - A Thought Provoked by Trish Wheatley's Description of Liz Crow's Forthcoming Exhibition

9 October 2012


I'll never get over bed

I always enjoyed my bed The time that I spent there. Ill or not There was a time it was central Located near everything The Tea Pot The records The player Adornments of a life In Bedsit land People would come visit Sit around the bed The bed that I would stay in Two friends Left me there one night and let me sleep before leaving I felt blessed by their kindness But my bed has a longer history than that For many years it was just a staging post between falling asleep and working Short hours...

Comments: 2

Sleep - A Thought Provoked by Liz Crow Continuing Bedding Out

10 March 2013


When I used to practice writing with a passion, strong and heavy into the night I would wake up with sentences being formed in front of my eyes rather than dream in sound or in vision. It still happens sometimes. It happened again recently. The words appeared. They took poetic form. I woke up and they were gone. I let them run away, escape me. Then that Dawn Willis started a facebook page, Bedding Out Live  a promotion of a Liz Crow performance. I began to contribute and as I did...

Comments: 1