Special School: D Mortimer

9th March 2021

a somewhere over the rainbow flex: trans crip writing with D Mortimer

We are delighted to be joined by writer D Mortimer for Special School on 9 March at 7:00pm. D will discuss their approach to writing, exploring how autobiography, collage and drawing can be used to explore trans crip narratives. This will be followed by a reading of their essay How to Draw Hands, and an optional writing exercise. The workshop is open to all disabled and non-disabled people. People can also just attend the talk, if preferred.

About Special School:

What can moving, making, writing and imagining teach us about disability and queerness?

Special School is a learning programme developed with curator Daniel Bermingham along with queer and crip (sick and disabled) artists and cultural producers. It is for the uninitiated and the curious as well as for those who bring their expertise to their own non-normative bodies.

Special School includes workshops in dance, writing, textiles and worldbuilding by queer crip artists. It is a space for those who are unsure in their bodies; for those who are looking to explore (their) disability and/or queerness through doing together; and a space to test and question desire, pleasure and ability.


Mortimer is a London-based writer and researcher focussed on trans crip narratives. Their work has been published in Granta Magazine, The Guardian and Vice as well as The International Journal of Comparative American Studies (2020). Their short story ‘Supermarket Revelations’ was published in Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction (ed. Waidner, Dostoyevsky Wannabe: 2018) and their poetic essay ‘Like Lord Byron’ was featured in A Queer Anthology of Sickness (ed. Porter, Pilot Press: 2019). An upcoming volume hybrid prose is slated for publication with Pilot Press in Spring 2021. They are currently reading for a PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Roehampton on the role of intimate naming in trans subject formation.

ID: A black and white photo of D looking into the camera. They are a white person with short cropped hair and they wear a light coloured shirt and t-shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms. A heavy chain is around their neck. Behind them are bookshelves and a desk on which a mug, lamp, books and other items are visible.

Image: Nora Nord


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