Polly Pollet, the Female Body and the Power of the Pen

When faced with adversity, what do you do? If Polly Pollet was with you, she’d probably tell you to pick up a ballpoint and draw. On paper, or a wall. Or the back of a skateboard. The Belgian artist has made ballpoint drawings her signature – and her weapon. In her latest project, Polly hopes … Continue reading Polly Pollet, the Female Body and the Power of the Pen

In response… to the tampon tax

Cartoonist Alice Skinner comments on the tampon tax: “The tampon tax has always been a bitter pill to swallow. Then a couple of months ago it was announced that organisations that work with disadvantaged girls and women could apply for funding from the tax. Although it still felt unjust that essentially women would have to … Continue reading In response… to the tampon tax

A Workshop on Identity with Hetain Patel

Saturday, 10:30am. A group of students, ranging from 16 to early twenties, is waiting in a university room full of cameras, interactive whiteboards and other digital equipment. Some look a little lost, unsure what the day will bring, others are chatting and laughing, eager to get started. There’s an air of excitement and curiosity in … Continue reading A Workshop on Identity with Hetain Patel

The Timid Bulldog? How The UK And The US Differ When Discussing Race.

Whilst on an educational sojourn from the States, Rob Sprankle, a temporary Lincoln student and resident, shares some initial observations into how the US and the UK differ in their approach to discussing race. Taking to heart the lessons in suspicion I have learned from poring over primary source documents in all manner of history classes, I tend … Continue reading The Timid Bulldog? How The UK And The US Differ When Discussing Race.

Aleksandra Mir: First Woman on the Moon

FIRST WOMAN ON THE MOON Aleksandra Mir 28 08 99 I believe we should go to the moon. I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade century is out, of landing man woman on the moon and returning him her safely to earth… – President John F. Kennedy, … Continue reading Aleksandra Mir: First Woman on the Moon

Shey Hargreaves: Freedom of expression online

Well, I never. Here I am with the final post of my digital residency with 1215.today. Over the last month I’ve researched topics ranging from palliative care to prisons. I’ve created new work from found texts including political speeches and WhatsApp conversations between refugees and aid workers. I’ve watched poetry in British Sign Language for … Continue reading Shey Hargreaves: Freedom of expression online

Scribble 18: Rights to take away

In 2014 the then Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, proposed a ban on prisoners receiving parcels containing items such as books. This ban was revoked the year after, having been deemed ‘unlawful’. Of course people in prison have some of their rights taken away. But denying them access to books, which can engage them, help with … Continue reading Scribble 18: Rights to take away

Scribble 15: Human rights get lost at sea

This is my final week as Digital Poet in Residence at 1215.today, and I’m going to use it to explore a mixture of situations in which a person or group of people’s human rights are contravened in some way. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes it very clear what human rights are, and that … Continue reading Scribble 15: Human rights get lost at sea

Shey Hargreaves: Freedom of expression, not free for everyone

My friend Sarah, who has a PhD and thus should know about these things, has a theory that the current government is slowly but surely creating an environment in which disabled people cannot thrive. She thinks that recent cuts, policy changes and restrictions placed on access to benefits for disabled people are a deliberate attempt … Continue reading Shey Hargreaves: Freedom of expression, not free for everyone

Scribble 13: BSL

This year, I’ve started learning British Sign Language. My progress is slow but once I started looking, there’s a world full of poetry, music videos and discussion groups out there and plenty of opportunities to practice. Also, my partner signs, so if I can learn it’ll be handy for when we’re in loud places like … Continue reading Scribble 13: BSL