Chronically Ill and Disabled Writers (and Hello Again)
Bit of a blast from the past being back here.. Apologies for the long post. TL:DR. Hi, I worked at ABCTales 20 years ago, wrote loads of books/founded mags after I left and happy to share tips with any new writers/editors/aspiring publishers, and have now founded CIADISH.co.uk - a free magazine for chronically ill and disabled writers and the readers who love them. Looking for events/books/writers to promote in next (Jan/Feb issue)
Or the long version... [Mod: I checked it was OK to mention magazine as it should be relevant to other form users - hope it's OK to mention my other sites but can remove and repost if not]
Once upon a time, I worked for ABCtales and helped set this forum up in the first place (back when we won a Yell Award and a New Statesman Award https://www.abctales.com/comment/43587 - and seeing how long ago that was has just made me very aware of the passage of time...)
Hello to anyone who was on the forums back in the mists of time - and everyone who's joined since. It's amazing seeing how much it's grown and how many stories and poems there are now - so much great writing! Since I was last here, I've had non-fiction and fiction books published and translated into 11 languages, created and edited various magazines, co-created some charity anthologies, created GrowEatGift.com and ForestOfThoughts.co.uk, run writing workshops and various STAMEN (STEM + art + nature) events at festivals including Latitude and Brighton Science Festival, and now, after becoming increasingly disabled and largely house/bedbound through Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and most relevant to other writers, created CIADISH magazine.
CIADISH is a digital magazine for Chronically Ill and Disabled (CIAD) writers. I created it after reading disability themed issue of The Bookseller and realising that we needed to have support and representation year round, not just in themed issues. See Ciadish.co.uk for a link to the (free) magazine, and another link to a Twitter thread I posted for chronically ill and disabled writers to promote their books (whether traditionally or self published). Please do add your books to it, whether poetry or prose, if you're still using Twitter.
I'm currently putting together issue two of CIADISH and will be looking for lots of content. There's no budget yet as it's a labour of love (and disability activism) so I'll be looking for book extracts and events to list rather than commissioning fresh material, as I don't want to demand unpaid labour from disabled and chronically ill writers. I'm hoping to apply for funding and turn CIADISH into a (fair) paying market for writers, over time (and eventually, hopefully, a publishing cooperative) - with deliberately easy invoicing and prompt payment to make writing for it accessible: you need so long to do the admin to get paid for writing nowadays with so many places, which can make it a so inaccessible, particularly to people who are neurodiverse/admin averse/have energy limiting conditions.)
Anyway, this is getting very long. I'll post a separate thread about the kind of titles/book extracts I'm looking for in case people want to contribute to/promote their books in CIADISH, if that's OK?