In collaboration with LU Arts, DSN is looking for creative submissions to share people’s experiences of disability. This could be in the form of creative writing and poetry, artwork, music, spoke word, video, or any other format.
Your submission should relate to your experience as a disabled person, including (but not exclusive to) visual or auditory impairments, neurodiversity, long term mental health conditions and long term physical illnesses. Topics for your work could include diagnosis, friendship, education, stereotypes, barriers and discrimination.
Any student or member of staff from Loughborough University who self-identifies as having a disability can make a submission. This includes students and staff from Loughborough London.
Leo McFaul, Disability Officer at LSU added: “Through our DHM with DSN campaign, we aim to celebrate disabled students and staff at Loughborough by sharing their experiences, giving them a platform to be heard and opening up important discussions.”
Throughout Disability History Month these creative works will be shared on DSN’s and LU Arts' social media channels. There will also be a special open mic event on Saturday 25 November in the Students' Union to showcase submissions. Contributors will have the opportunity to perform their work at this event, if they wish to, alongside professional poet Reanna Valentine. Tickets for this event are free for students and £5 for staff and members of the public. Book your tickets via the LSU website.
You can send your creative submission by email to WDDisabilityOfficer@lsu.co.uk or make an online submission.
You can choose whether you would like your name to be published with your submission or if you would like it to be anonymous. You can also choose whether your work is shared online and at the live event on 25 November or just one or the other.
If you have any questions then please email Leo at WDDisabilityOfficer@lsu.co.uk.