The Great Debate

Is there such thing as a disabled writer?

A hearty crowd packed The Great Debate at Wellington’s LitCrawl last month as a cast of ‘disability and literary luminaries’ debated: ‘There is no such thing as a disabled writer. We are all just writers.’

It was exciting for Escalator Press author Trish Harris who is co-founder (along with Robyn Hunt) of Crip the Lit, the group that organised the debate. ‘We were thrilled with the audience response and the way it showed you can both entertain and generate throught-provoking discussions around disability and literature.’

‘Robyn took the lead on this project—ensuring everything was running smoothly including the debate being signed and recorded by Access Radio. I was a late ring-in for third speaker for the affirmative team. That side of the moot wasn’t a natural fit for me but like all debates you can turn things round in order to say at least a few things you believe in!’

Crip the Lit has another project on the go, a resource celebrating eight disabled women writers. It will be launched next year.

Henrietta Bollinger, Mandy Hager and Paula Tesoriero

Henrietta Bollinger, Mandy Hager and Paula Tesoriero

Steff Green, Alisha Tyson and Trish Harris

Steff Green, Alisha Tyson and Trish Harris

We encourage you to check out:

Robyn Hunt's blog

Steff Green's website

Mandy Hagar's website

Paula Tesoriero on twitter

Henrietta Bollinger on Arts Access Advocates

Alisha Tyson's website

And to read more about Trish Harris or her memoir The Walking Stick Tree.