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I am a disabled writer. I have been part of the Disability Arts scene for over two decades. My work tries to explore our ordinary lives and relationships with realism and often, humour.

Poverty is in my blood!

23 June 2011


a series of black and white photos of the authors family and a steel girder bridge

In doing research for my next story, ‘Smoke’ I discovered that people with Cerebral Palsy are more likely to be born into disadvantaged families, as this report illustrates, Unhealthy lives: Links between Child Poverty and Poor Health. We all know this but I have never linked it to my own childhood experiences: Poverty is in my blood, like smoke from the endless roll-ups my family consumed; I still smell it sometimes oozing from my skin. Somehow, I find it comforting; I’m...

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Ann on writing...

23 May 2011


photo of Ann Young in a bar

Writing can be a very solitary process which is probably what attracted me to it in the first place. Living in a residential school with 50 other kids meant that privacy was rarely possible whilst escapism into thought and imagination became a mechanism that allowed me to survive and even flourish. My own speech impairment drew me to the written word and even now, in my 40s I prefer text to the spoken word, as a way of communicating with the world outside my front door. Although I have been...

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