You’re Not My Dad! is a zine about autism by Simon Murphy and me. It came about because we wanted something that relctected our experiences of autism, something that wasn’t geared towards parents or professionals. We’ve ended up making something that we hope reflects how we see autistic culture in the UK, something funny and serious.
Paper copies are available whilst stocks last. Contact me for details. Otherwise, check out the digital version: You’re Not My Dad 1 (5.4mb)
All back issues of Poor Lass, a zine of working class women’s voices, have now been digitised and are available to download for free.
Online Issues – Poor Lass
I wrote a piece for The Guardian about fat and language in aid of Body Language, which is taking place at The Wellcome Collection, and at which I am presenting and dancing.
The rhetoric around obesity is toxic. So I created a new language for fat people
Some of the things mentioned in the article, some things not mentioned which relate to the event:
My book, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement
My zine, Fat Activist Vernacular.
Another zine, The Blob, created specially for the Wellcome Collection event, which you can download for free.
Beats for the dance I am performing, But Is It Healthy?
A blog post about the whole thing, How to Killjoy an Obesity display one #BodySpectacular at a time.
I’m really happy to have some of my work included in the workbook for Let’s Mobilise: What is Feminist Pedagogy? a gathering that will take place in Gothenburg 12-14 October.
You can download copies of the workbook from the project’s website:
Rare footage of fat feminist activists from the 1970s is now available to watch online, via a reader of my blog. Marge Dean’s 1979 Fat Underground film makes use of earlier material from 1975. Find out more about this historic artifact.
Dr Bethan Evans and I have contributed a chapter to this book. We argue that Arts and Health should incorporate queer activism, especially when working with fat people.
The book is very expensive but our chapter is available online for free thanks to funding by the University of Liverpool.
Evans, B. and Cooper, C. (2016) ‘Reframing Fatness: Critiquing ‘Obesity” in Whitehead, A. and Woods, A., eds., The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
More information about the book.
I am talking about Research Justice at Emergenc(i)es Bristol in June. This is part of the Antiuniversity Now festival.
Fat Activism and Research Justice
Sunday 12 June, 1-2.30pm
Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 0NW
There’s a new mini Homosexual Death Drive track on Kirsty Fife’s podcast Move Under Yr Own Power #1. You can find it at 58.15 or thereabouts.
The podcast accompanies a zine of the same name, available online.
A panel discussion about my book took place on 25 April at Birkbeck University and was recorded by Backdoor Broadcasting. You can listen to the recording and also download it for free.
Fat Activism is Dangerous
I am privileged to perform at The Rebel Man Standard’s festival of dance, workshops, discussions and exhibitions at Guest Projects in April.
My piece, my first ever performance lecture, is called ‘How Do Fat People Dance?’ and will be part of a two-hander with Zinzi Minott and Zia X on Wednesday 20 April. Details and booking via The Rebel Man Standard website.