Paid Digital Poetry Residency – Open for Applications!

1215.today, in collaboration with The Poetry School, want to identify a poet for a six-week digital residency with the 1215.today site to begin at the end of April, through May 2017. The chosen poet will receive £1,000. 1215.today commemorates 800 years of the Magna Carta in an online platform that gives young people a space … Continue reading Paid Digital Poetry Residency – Open for Applications!

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 19: Courts of Protection

There are times when the law has to make decisions on behalf of people who lack capacity; that is to say, who are unable for one reason or another to make these decisions for themselves. These cases will be brought before the Court of Protection, and are often heard and judged without the presence of … Continue reading Scribble 19: Courts of Protection

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 This ban was revoked the year after, having been deemed ‘unlawful’.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 17: The right to legal aid

In 2013, the government proposed changes to legal aid that financially rewarded lawyers if their client pleaded guilty, and cost them money if a case went to trial. In January of this year, justice secretary Michael Gove withdrew cuts to legal aid fees and also a proposed contract-tendering procedure that would have seen a reduction … Continue reading Scribble 17: The right to legal aid

Scribble 16: The citizenship test

Have you ever tried to do an example of the UK citizenship test? I have, and I failed miserably. The test is a mix of historical, cultural and English language questions, as far as I can gather, and is renowned for factual inaccuracies and for demanding knowledge of the applicant that even a British-born person … Continue reading Scribble 16: The citizenship test

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