"As an emerging poet and performer, the one thing that gave me hope throughout the darkest days of the pandemic was the widespread embracing of virtual/hybrid events. I genuinely thought (believed) that we were at the beginning of an accessibility revolution. Barriers were getting broken down, geographical borders were melting away and technology was bringing us all together in a fully inclusive way.
I have also been dealing with an intense, frustratingly long bout of muscle fatigue. Usually, I would be at my lowest ebb during a fatigue bout but this time I spent each knackered day of it listening to Cabinet of Curiosities and basking in the system-smashing, norm-defying, future-reshaping, refreshingly intersectional majesty of every episode. You have stoked the fire in my belly and helped me restock and polish-up all of the spoons I had lost. I could talk to you all day about how important, revolutionary and truly vital your projects are."
A. G. Parker's
Cabinet of Curiosities
An inclusive podcast focused on queer, disabled, and marginalised stories, poetry, and art. Includes the audiobook of dark fantasy Twisted Roots, read in installments by me.
Cabinets of curiosities, also known as ‘wonder rooms’, were small collections of extraordinary objects which attempted to tell stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world. These displays, much like Victorian freak shows – and even modern media, literature, medical research, museums, and everyday life – often took fascination with and/or misrepresented anyone who didn’t fit into the (cisheteronormative, white-supremacist, ableist, patriarchal) norm. Both in art and in life, these groups have had stories written about them, while their own stories go unheard. The remedy is to reclaim our narrative and push for representation which authentically shows our communities as they are.
Guests include UK Slam Champion Rick Dove, Muslim drag queen and sensation Asifa Lahore, disability advocate Andrew Guza, and more!
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"Offer yourself the same compassion you'd offer someone else."
I sat down with hip hop artist, poet, artist manager, and spoken word artist Icykal and explored her work, healing, prejudice in the music industry, and self love. She might be one of the best humans around, so if you’re looking for some joy, listen up! You can check out her music on Spotify under Icykal.
LinkedIn: Charlene Frost
"Disabled people are hot"
Listen to me and disabled daddy of the airwaves, Andrew Gurza, have way too much fun talking about hot crip sex, the online disability community, working with nondisabled people, and their relationship with gender and queerness. I absolutley adore Andrew, and this was such a pleasure to record.
Andrew Gurza is an award-winning podcast host, a Disability Awareness Consultant, and the Chief Disability Officer and Co-founder of Bump’n, a sex toy company for and by disabled people. Their work has been featured on BBC, CBC, Daily Xtra, Gay Times UK, Huffington Post, The Advocate, Everyday Feminism, Mashable, Out.com, and several anthologies.
They host Disability After Dark, the Podcast Shining a Bright Light on Disability Stories. I suggest you listen to it after this!
“I’m not sure a daily act of rebellion is necessary when your whole life is a protest.”
Take a peek inside A. G. Parker’s Cabinet of Curiosities! My first guest is the UK Slam Champion, spoken word artist, storyteller, and poet Rick Dove. We discussed creativity, activism, capitalism and… hairy goat legs. It was such an honour to interview Rick, and connect with another disabled artist. There’s such strength in our community!
"You could murder your husband, but the aspic took to so long to make..."
Join my favourite murderous housewife as we discuss gender, horror, their obsession with aspic, and the importance of queer community.
"When do we riot? The vulnerable can't feed themselves on Tory rhetoric."
To celebrate 500 downloads, I'm giving you a bonus episode!!!
Poet, mentor, bookseller, and fellow Rebel Riot Poetry host Charlotte Lunn joined me to chat about disability, poetry, and the joy of connecting with community during a pandemic. Check out her upcoming workshops, and of course, Rebel Riot Poetry!