Disability Arts Online is a UK organisation led by disabled people dedicated to advancing disability arts and culture. Just published in their magazine is a new interview with me about all things #CripLit, and So Lucky.
For Griffith, whilst the industry needs to change, she is clear that it’s disabled writers who have to be at the vanguard of that change, or else it will be hollow.
“For me, the first step to vanquishing ableism would be to have more well-published fiction written by disabled authors—then reviewed by disabled critics. Then submitted for prizes, given grants, and turned into popular film and TV. Very little fiction is authored by disabled writers (most disability literature by disabled writers that is published by big trade presses is memoir). Publishers don’t want disability fiction, they say, because no one wants to read it, it’s depressing. Well, they think that because the only fiction they’ve read about crips is the crap written by non-disabled people which is depressing.”