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Guest Post by Dawn Willis : Bedding In, Bedding Out with Liz Crow – A tweet call and virtual participation information.

Some of you may already know that I am currently working with Liz Crow as her ‘tweetmeister’ in preparation and during her live event ‘Bedding In, Bedding Out’. We are hoping to build a diverse involved audience in time for the live event in which Liz will spend 48 hours in bed at Salisbury Arts. Some of that time will be spent in bedside conversation.
We have attempted to remove the barriers to involvement, clearly everyone can’t be there on the day! We are encouraging people to join the event via Social Media.
I am writing to ask if you could spare a moment to share the following links with anyone you feel would benefit from being involved, and with people who are interested in this subject.
If you are on twitter there’s a tweet you can ‘retweet’ –  https://twitter.com/RGPLizCrow/status/316110899238805504
Otherwise there’s a link here to all the information needed to participate virtually: http://www.roaring-girl.com/ and below is the official press release which I’d be grateful if you could pass on to contacts in the media.



A 48-hour around-the-clock live performance by Liz Crow
Part of the People Like You exhibition
Salisbury Arts Centre & via social media
10 – 12 April 2013, starting 2.00pm

BEDDING OUT emerges from the current welfare benefits overhaul, which threatens many with poverty and a propagandist campaign that has seen disability hate crime leap by 50%. Coinciding with the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment, which replaces Disability Living Allowance from 8 April 2013, it sees Liz taking her private bed-oriented life and placing it in the public arena for all to see over a 48-hour period.

“I wear a public self that is energetic, dynamic and happening, but I am also ill and spend much of life in bed,“ explains artist-activist Liz Crow. “The private self is neither beautiful nor grownup. It does not win friends or accolades, and I conceal it carefully, but the benefits system demands a reversal – my private self paraded to justify support.“

As she contends with the contradictions of the benefits system, Liz explains: “For some months, I have lain low for fear of being penalised, but instead of letting fear determine who I am, I’d rather stare it in the face. Bedding Out is a performance in which I take my private self and make it public -something I have not done in over 30 years.“

“Since the public me is carefully constructed, this will be a kind of un-performing of my self. I want to make a twilight existence visible, but more than that, I want to show that what many people see as contradiction – what they describe as fraud – is only the complexity of real life. This is not a work of tragedy, but a work of in/visibility and complication; a chance to perform my self without façade.“

Members of the public will be invited to participate in ‘Bedside Conversations’ throughout the performance, gathering around the bed to talk about the work, its backdrop and its politics.


Free entry. Duration 40 minutes.

Watch online at www.roaring-girl.com

Wed 10 Apr – 2.00pm and 6.00pm – Online and Salisbury Arts Centre

Thu 11 Apr – 12.00pm (Twitter) and 3.15pm – Online and Salisbury Arts Centre

Fri 12 Apr – 10.15am – Online and Salisbury Arts Centre

To attend Bedside Conversations in person, members of the public can sign up at the Salisbury Arts Centre website

Phone: 01722 321744

Alternatively, users will be able watch online and participate via Twitter #beddingout.

A BSL interpreter and live subtitles will be available for all Bedside Conversations.

Wheelchair accessible venue.

At a previous version of this performance, the artist was contacted by several individuals who were delighted that her work had helped make them and the issues they face more visible, but many expressed that they were too ill to attend in person. In response, this iteration Bedding Out will use social media to involve absent people virtually.


Follow @RGPLizCrow and use the #beddingout hashtag to take part in the conversation.

Join our Twitter-based Bedside Conversation on Thu 11 Apr at noon.


Anyone not on Twitter can text us: 07784 899514 and we can upload what they say to Twitter. Typing ‘MySecret’ before the message ensures that their message will be tweeted anonymously.


Bedding Out will be live streamed throughout the 48 hours at http://www.roaring-girl.com. Bedside Conversations will be live streamed with audio, BSL interpretation and live subtitles.

Notes to Editors

More information at:


To arrange an interview or request further information and images:

Please contact Matthew on 01179 293335 or email matthew@coquo.co.uk



Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, SP1 3UT

www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk / 01722 321744

Open 10.00am – 3.00pm

And on the web throughout: www.roaring-girl.com.

Artist Biography

Liz Crow is an artist-activist working with performance, film, audio and text. She is drawn to drama, life stories and experimental work, and the potential of storytelling to trigger change. A former NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) fellow and founder of Roaring Girl Productions, Liz’s work has shown at London’s Tate Modern and the British Film Institute, as well as on television and at festivals internationally.

Prior works include an appearance on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square as part of sculptor Antony Gormley’s One and Other project. Liz’s provocative and controversial performance was part of a larger film-based installation, Resistance: which way the future?, that tours the UK and internationally.

Roaring Girl Productions is a creative media projects company based in Bristol, founded by writer-director and activist Liz Crow. It undertakes media productions, training and associated projects, combining high quality creativity with practical activism. www.roaring-girl.com

People Like You is a purposefully participatory new touring show of work by artists Sue Austin, Liz Crow and Gini that tackles the subjectivity and perceptions of disability, and the place of Disability Arts in the wider art sector. Through performance, film, sculpture and audience interaction, it explores commonalities of human experience and also conjures some very uncommon experiences of its own. Salisbury Arts Centre, 8 March – 12 April 2013.

Bedding Out is funded by Arts Council England.


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We Need A New Language For Mental Health

The Reader Organisation is calling for a new language to talk about mental health, with senior health professionals, readers and writers discussing the idea in the opening session of the charity’s annual conference, ‘Shared Reading for Healthy Communities’ at the British Library on 16th May 2013.


Unlike the growing number of ‘Books on Prescription’ and ‘Bibliotherapy’ schemes, The Reader Organisation, which is commissioned by health services across the UK, has chosen not to limit the description of its model as ‘therapy’. Literature exists to address the human condition.


Jane Davis, The Reader Organisation’s founder and director, says:


“Those medical words – prescription, therapy – which at first glance carry a medical imprimatur of seriousness, have largely come from the pharmaceutical and psychotherapeutic industries, and actually point to a re-positioning of the inner life as a problem to be solved by experts, by others.”


Working with health, library, education, adult social care services and other bodies, The Reader Organisation provided 92,400 unique shared reading experiences in 2012. The personalised model, which enables even non-readers to join in as everything is read aloud in the group, is now backed up with strong qualitative and quantitative evidence from researchers.


At the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust in Liverpool, patients are currently taking part in a shared reading group as part of a chronic pain research project, the initial findings of which will be revealed at the conference.

Dr Andrew Jones, consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine, at the hospital, says:


“Early indications are showing that the reading group is making a difference to people in our hospital but there is something intangible, a deeper impact beyond that, which we can’t measure using existing qualitative research methods.”


The conference will also explore how the benefits of the shared reading model extends beyond the traditional definition of ‘health’, addressing issues of reoffending, isolation, community cohesion, and reading for pleasure with young people.


A group member at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, said:


“The reading group has boosted my self-esteem and given me more self-confidence when I have discussions with staff and in general; it has encouraged me to read more in my spare-time, which has released a lot of stress off my shoulders as I have been suffering from depression.”


Great literature connects people. There’s nothing more ancient, nor more deeply healing than that”, states Jane Davis.


“But we increasingly feel the pressure to talk about our work in medicalised terms – intervention, service, outcomes – terms which limit the power of what humanly it is that is making the difference. I want to find a new language, so that people don’t have to say, ‘I’m sick’, when they’re suffering the human condition.”


For more information on the ‘Shared Reading for Health Communities’ conference visit: www.thereader.org.uk/conference

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