Spreading the word: launch of anthology by D/deaf and disabled poets
An anthology of poetry, essays and photographs - Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back - that was backed by a Crowdfunder appeal will be launched at Birmingham City University on Saturday 3 June. Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman have co-edited the anthology, and the launch begins at 2pm, with an afternoon seminar of events, talks and film screenings, and an evening reading from 6-8pm from the book.
The term D/deaf describes those who are Deaf (sign language users) or deaf (who are hard of hearing but who have English as their first language and may lipread and/or use hearing aids).
Earlier this week there’s a pre-launch event at the Last Word festival at the Roundhouse in London on Wednesday 31 May at 7pm with poet Raymond Antrobus giving a spoken word performance and speaking about his experiences, along with a short film about Deaf culture. The Stairs and Whispers editors will present poems from the book and connected video poems in BSL and English, with captions.