DeafAwarenessWeek2023 poetry and artwork. This year’s theme is Access to Communication, with organisers at the UK Council on Deafness saying they want people to realise how being deaf brings “unique challenges that not everyone will experience. I will be contributing to this year by reposting last years phenomenal contributions, because they say what must be said every year. You are welcome to add to these contributions, if you wish. Have you written unpublished/published about deafness? Have you made artworks about it? Having to wear two hearing aids myself I have a small awareness of the difficulties that happen. Please DM me, or send a message via my WordPress blog.


Cynghanedd for cover DAW SLWThe race to cynganeddu DAW SLW


Hearing like a Terminator poem SLW DAW


Dr Sara Louise Wheeler

has Waardenburg Syndrome Type 1, a genetic condition which affects her physical appearance as well as her hearing. She writes the column ‘O’r gororau’ (from the borders) for Barddas Welsh poetry magazine and her poetry, belles lettres and artwork has been published by Unique Poetry Journal, Dark Poets Club, Fahmidan Journal, Cloverleaf Zine, and 3am Magazine. Sara is currently writing an autobiographical bildungsroman opera called The Silver Princess, funded by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. Originally from Wrecsam in North East Wales, she now lives on the Wirral peninsula with her husband Peter and their pet tortoise Kahless.



Excellent video from Taking Flight Theatre Company

Volunteer Work by Peter Thabit Jones



Arachne Press in their project “Stairs and Whispers”

created a whole series of poetry written in British Sign Language all available on Youtube. they have kindly allowed me to quote some examples:


Presented as part of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press, 2017, edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka & Daniel Sluman)



Find more BSL poetry here: BSL poetry – YouTube

Another useful link is to the British Sign Language Poetry Playlist by Kate Lovell:

other useful links:

Ailbhe’s Tale by Lynn Buckle


Ailbhe’s Tale – National Centre for Writing

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