Dolly Sen is a writer, director, artist, filmmaker, poet, performer, playwright, mental health consultant, music-maker and public speaker. She has 8 published books since 2002; has taken on performance roles at The Young Vic, the Royal Festival Hall, and around Europe; undertaken a poetry tour; won a poetry award from Poet Laureate Andrew Motion; directed two plays and several TV films; and performed spoken word at City Hall and Oxford University.
Dolly Sen writes about the importance of DAO
31 December 2012
I got an email from Colin a few weeks ago with a few questions as to what value I got from Disability Arts Online. I typed a few short answers, as I was hyper and couldn't dictate my own voice as it was swallowed up by many others, and poor Colin would have to have decipher it like lost words in a word search. My brain is a bit calmer so I can give a fuller reply to the importance of DAO As a person within the disability arts scene and Mad Pride movement, I question identity and...
24 July 2012
Inspired by Spike Milligan, and disgusted by Atos' treatment of disabled people, I created this yesterday.
Welcome to Action T5
18 July 2012
Anyone who knows about the Nazi's Disability Euthanasia Programme Action T4, will see unsettling parallels to what is happening to disabled people now. The current demonisation and persecuting of disabled people , the media hype over disabled people being burdens and scroungers, an ecomonic strain to society, is following the Nazi Euthansia's To Do list to the letter. I left my last job in April due to stress, which triggered psychosis and depression (which is one of the...
Dolly Sen's artistic response to the condem's treatment of disabled people
24 September 2010
This artwork is an artistic response to the condem's treatment of disabled people. The two incendiary expressions of the piece that both the distortion of facts and blood of the inevitable suicides are in the hands of the condem's.
My next piece in the series will just be a blank canvas with the word: 'BASTARDS!'
Dolly Sen will present a paper at Currents In the Mainstream Conference
18 August 2010
On September 22nd I will be presenting a paper at the 'In the Mainstream' conference at De Montfort University, Leicester, organised by The MeCCSA Disability Studies Network. The conference aims to re-visit and re-evaluate the complex issues at stake in contemporary representations of disability and impairment from a variety of critical perspectives, investigating both continuities and new trends in representing disability My presentation will be on my experience as both a...
You know you are normal when...
9 July 2010
I actually don't like mind normal people, I just don't like normal fundamentalists. I published this a few years back, and the hatemail I got because of it astounded me. How dare I make fun of normal people, although these labels of 'mad' and 'normal' are invented labels and human being is good enough for everyone. Or that I am satirising the unthinking tenets of what normality seems to be.
Dolly Sen gives a definition of mad culture
3 July 2010
What is Mad Culture? It is a celebration of the creativity of mad people, and pride in our unique way of looking at life, our internal world externalised and shared with others without shame, as a valid way of life. It is an acknowledgement that we are reacting to a society that is scared of us and will hijack our art and literature once our artists and writers are dead and therefore deemed safe and easy to control, corrupt and capitalise. Our culture is that we have control of our lives...
Dolly Sen does the Eastbourne Herald
28 April 2010
I've done an interview with the Eastbourne Herald about living with mental illness as part of Depression Awareness Week, which started on 17 April.
Dolly Sen writes a one-off blog for Mind
27 March 2010
My one-off blog for Mind about access to psychological therapies gives an opinion on supporting Mind’s 'We Need to Talk' campaign.
Let me know what you think?
At the moment I am mostly thinking why He-man had a girl's hairstyle?