Charlie Swinbourne (Editor)
Charlie is a deaf journalist (Guardian, BBC Online), scriptwriter (Coming Out, My Song), and father (Deaf Dad).
Personal website: http://charlieswinbourne.com
Twitter: @Charlie_Swin
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/charlie-swinbourne/
Sample article: The ten annoying habits of hearing people / The ten annoying habits of deaf people

Picture 2Andy Palmer (Contributing Editor)
Andy volunteers for the Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society on their website, deaf football coaching and other events as well as working for a hearing loss charity. All views expressed are his own.
Twitter: @LC_andyp
Sample article: Deaf American footballer Derrick Coleman’s journey to the top of th NFL
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/andy-palmer/

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Jen Dodds (Contributing Editor)
When she’s not looking after chickens or children, Jen can be found translating, proofreading and editing stuff over at Team HaDo Ltd (teamhado.com).
Writing for Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/jen-dodds/
Sample article: My real-life limping chicken!

Emily Howlett (Contributing Editor)
Emily is a profoundly Deaf actress, writer and horsewoman.
Personal website: http://www.ehowlett.co.uk/
Twitter: @EHowlett
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/emily-howlett/
Sample article: From city to countryside

Donna Williams (Contributing Editor)
Donna Williams is a deaf writer and blogger living in Bristol and studying part-time in Cardiff. As well as being a postgrad student, she’s a BSL poet, freelance writer, NDCS Deaf Role Model presenter, and occasional performer.
Blog: http://deaffirefly.wordpress.com
Twitter: @DeafFirefly
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/donna-williams/
Sample article: S*** people say to sign language interpreters

Sadaqat Ali
Sadaqat Ali is a social entrepreneur who is deaf who counts among his aims improving life for deaf people.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/sadaqat-ali/
Sample article: My concerns for the interpreting industry

Angie-Limping-Chicken-profile-smallAngie Aspinall
Award-winning deafened entrepreneur, Angie Aspinall is a Director of Access Solutions which aims to make the hospitality industry more accessible for people with hearing loss via training, audits and the supply of specialist equipment.  She is also the founder of Hearing Loss Friendly, which provides people with hearing loss the ability to search for accommodation with is accessible and meets their needs.  Angie is also co-owner of Aspinall Ink where she’s a travel writer and freelance journalist, writing for the Phonak Community Blog andAccess Magazine about living with hearing loss.  She is a lipreader and a big fan of Bi CROS hearing aids.
Twitter:  @Aspinall_Ink, @_Accesssolution, @Hearing_loss_f
Website: www.aspinallink.co.uk, www.accesssolutions.info, www.hearinglossfriendly.com
Blog: http://communityblog.phonak.com/author/aspinallink/
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/angie-aspinall/
Sample article: http://limpingchicken.com/2014/01/21/angie-aspinall-the-one-thing-i-wouldnt-give-in-order-to-have-my-hearing-back/


Andrew Arthur
Andrew is a hard-working campaigner and volunteer. He can be found regularly offering advice and opinion on the Action on Hearing Loss forums and helps to run Hear We Go Cornwall
Sample article: I had a nervous breakdown at my deaf school. Now its time to tell my story
Tony Barlow
Tony Barlow is an employment consultant who currently lives in Derby with a Deaf wife and 2 little girls.
Twitter: @Saltbar
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/tony-barlow/
Sample article: In employment, are deaf people bottom of the pecking order?
Georgie Barraclough
Georgina lives with her husband in West Yorkshire, where she works as a local government manager.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/georgie-barraclough/
Sample article: Watch out for the deaf kid, she bites – 10th July 2012Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 11.50.31Fran Benson
Fran is a freelance journalist (The Telegraph, Sussex Life, Everyday Health) and mum to three primary-school-age children. Born with a hearing condition, first mild and now mild to moderate she gets by with a mix of hearing, lip-reading and guess-work.  She is learning to use hearing-aids when she remembers to put them in.
Sample article: What should I say when I haven’t got a clue what’s being said around me?Edis Bevan
Edis Bevan went deaf when he was about four back in the days when signing was actively discouraged. He is a former lecturer in the Technology Faculty of the Open University and was one of the first deaf Open University tutors. He lives in Milton Keynes.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/edis-bevan/
Sample article: One small victory for online subtitles 12th July 2012Luke Blackburn
Luke Blackburn is a budding film maker who enjoys shouting at the rugby on TV in his spare time.
Twitter: @lukeblackburn
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/luke-blackburn/
Sample article: The clueless jobcentre adviser 12th June 2012Tim Blackwell
Tim is Deaf from a young age, a law graduate and ex CAB volunteer. He now divides his time between art, walking his dog and maniacal armchair-activism. He is a slow, but steady BSL learner. You can follow him on Twitter as @TimRegency
Sample article: DLA is set to disappear and deaf people need to be ready for itPicture 1Aaron Brace
Aaron Brace has been interpreting for over 30 years, primarily as a community and conference interpreter and also for six years as a designated interpreter for a university professor. He credits Patrick Graybill, Ted Supalla, and the Deaf communities of Rochester, NY and the San Francisco Bay Area for making him the interpreter he is today. While its debatable whether he deserves his reputation, it’s absolutely true that he hasn’t always.
Sample article: The duality of the sign language interpreterphoto(15)Martyn Brown
Martyn Brown is a deaf grandad in a hearing family. He regularly speaks for NDCS and is involved with a local deaf group. He relies on digital aids, lip reading and is a black belt in the Deaf Nod.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/martyn-brown/
Sample poem: Identity January 2013Alison Bryan
Alison Bryan is a Deaf activist. You can follow her on Twitter here.
Sample article: How to get a BSL Act on the government agendaLaraine Callow
Laraine Callow MBE is the director of deaf training and consultancy Deafworks (who support this site).
Company website: http://deafworks.co.uk
Twitter: @DeafWorks
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/laraine-callow/
Sample article: Should deaf people speak for themselves? 2nd March 2012-2Helen Cherry
Helen Cherry works for the NHS.
Sample article: A case for remote captioning in the NHSAmy Claridge
Amy Claridge is a 3rd Year Deaf Studies at the University. In her free time she is also on the Board of Directors for CODA UK & Ireland for Children of Deaf Adults and is hoping to commence training to become a Teacher of the Deaf after graduating.
Sample article: Deaf studies BSc at Bristol’s Centre for Deaf Studies – the end of an erameSteve Claridge
Steve Claridge has been wearing hearing aids for over 30 years. What started off as a minor hearing loss at the age of five is now a severe one, but his hearing aids help a lot. He blogs about all this at www.hearingaidknow.com.
Sample article: Can automated captioning ever work?Tamsin Coates
Tamsin juggles being being a mum to three lively children with writing and co-ordinating Teen Team events at the Wirral Deaf Children’s Society.
Twitter: @tamwirral
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/tamsin-coates/
Sample article: The importance of subtitled cinema 22nd June 2012Joe Collins
Joe Collins runs 121 BSL Coaching and recently wrote a book called Cut! about the years he spent working in Deaf television, and the history of Deaf programme-making. Find out out more here.
Sample article: Tribute to pioneering deaf film-maker Stephen PinkJane Cordell
Jane Cordell runs Getting Equal, a social enterprise promoting equality. Deaf since adulthood, she chairs DaDa Fest and is a Trustee for Manchester Deaf Centre and Disability Rights UK.
Twitter: @CordellJane
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/jane-cordell/
Sample article: Understanding deaf voices 13th April 2012Screen shot 2013-04-22 at 10.48.04Eleanor Craik
Eleanor works several different jobs caring for disabled children. She likes subtitled films and ranting about any cinema that doesn’t provide them!! You can see her rants and raves on her shared blog with her best friend Imogene: http://a-subtitled-life.blogspot.co.uk/
Sample article: How not knowing what you missed when your favourite band was playing would be easier

Adrean Clark
Adrean Clark is a deaf artist from the US. She has just found her new ‘name sign’ in American Sign Language.
Website: http://www.adreanaline.com/
Twitter:  @adreanaline
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/adrean-clark/
Sample article: Finding my ASL name sign 9th March 2012

Reg Cobb (Commuting Chicken)
Reg is a deaf father of three, and has worked supporting people with disabilities for 20 years. He likes setting up his desk on trains so he doesn’t have to speak to hearing people.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/reg-cobb/
Sample article: Coping strategies for train journeys 20th March 2012

Catherine Cooper
Catherine lives in Norfolk and has a young family. Born profoundly deaf in 1978, she leads a busy life using a combination of hearing aids, lip reading and sign language. She is now in the early stages of getting a Cochlear Implant.
Blog: http://sounds-different.blogspot.co.uk/
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/catherine-cooper/
Sample article: The beginning of my cochlear implant journey 20th March 2012

JohnCraddenJohn Cradden
John is a freelance journalist based in Co Kildare, Ireland, and writes for a variety of Irish publications. He used to be indecisive about his deaf identity, but now he’s not so sure.
Personal website: http://www.johncradden.ie
Twitter @johncradden
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/john-cradden/
Sample article: Why Rita Simons shouldn’t be criticised for wanting her child to hear

Craig Crowley
Craig Crowley is the Ex-Chair of UK Deaf Sport 2003-2006 and the President of International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD) 2009 – present.
Twitter: @ICSDPresident
Sample article: My personal thoughts about the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012 20th March 2012

tobydToby Dawson
Toby Dawson is a deaf father of two, and is an enthusiastic student of Scottish history. Enjoys playing sports and he hopes to carry on as long as he can before old age sets in!
Sample article: Why Scotland becoming independent would be an opportunity for the Scottish Deaf community

Bazza Deaf
Bazza Deaf is a permanently resting actor with a day job as an accountant. He is also a comedic writer for British Deaf News.
Twitter: @BazzaDeaf
Website: www.bazzadeaf.com
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/bazza-deaf/
Sample article: A list of debt organisations in Britain 13th April 2012

Matt Dixon
Matt Dixon is a CODA (child of deaf adults) and a sign language interpreter and campaigner for sign language users rights. You can follow Matt on Twitter @foreverbsl
Sample article: Ten essential things to know about being the child of deaf parents

Screen shot 2013-05-16 at 15.15.06Kelly Dougher
Kelly is a profoundly hearing impaired freelance writer and artist from Pennsylvania. She has written for her local news publications, the women’s online magazine xoJane.com, its sister beauty site xoVain.com, and her own on-again, off-again fashion blog (the link to which she refuses to divulge). Twitter:@picturesqueliar
Sample article: Why I no longer mention being deaf in job interviews

cathcloseup1Catherine Drake
A former Derbyshire lass, Catherine Drake now lives and works in South East Wales as a university librarian.  She recently married (finally after 16 years) and has two children, aged seven and three.
Sample article: Why rude bus drivers go into my room 101

Bob Duncan
Bob Duncan produced nearly 200 BSL programmes for Channel 4 (Listening Eye, Sign On, A Language for Ben.) He has recently produced programmes such as Close Up and The Battle for BSL for the BSL Zone.
Sample article: Round up the deaf and send them to live on Orkney

AfavoritephotoJoyce Edmiston
Joyce Edmiston was a hard of hearing child who grew up to be a deaf adult.  She volunteers her time teaching Sign Language to preschool and early elementary “hearing” children once a week. She writes as Xpressive Handz, and you can find her blog here.
Sample article: The ‘D’ word. Deaf discrimination towards deaf

Elizabeth, aka (e
Elizabeth, aka (e, is a hard of hearing itinerant teacher of various mainstreamed deaf and hard of hearing students (pre – 12th grade). She often blogs about her job, life with a hearing loss, and deaf and hard of hearing issues. She also enjoys painting and drawing cartoons when the mood strikes her. Don’t miss her blog at http://www.ehwhathuh.com/ and follow her on Twitter as @dhhitinerant.
Sample article: Topics I don’t care to hear about from strangers

Ted Evans
Ted Evans is a freelance director, editor and all-round filmmaker based in London. His best-known film is the award-winning The End. You can check out his Tumblr account by clicking here, and follow him on Twitter as @Ted1Evans.
Sample article: Making the film for the Paralympics Opening ceremony! 17th September 2012

Amanda Everitt
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/amanda-everitt/
Sample article: Dancing in an L-shaped line 30th July 2012

Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 10.56.15Michael Fahey
Mike is a semi-retired fine artist working from his home studio in Lancashire. As a profoundly deaf lip reader, he is just one of a large family with a genetic history of deafness. Mike attended a mainstream school before being transferred to a school for the deaf aged 11. He worked as a landscape gardener for thirty years and married Sara (who is hearing), then attended university as a mature student and gained a BA and MA in Fine Art. He is father to a son (hearing) and daughter (deaf on one side).
Sample article: The day I saw a man snoring in the library – and had to decide if I should wake him or not

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Becky writes about moving to America, joining a new deaf culture and learning ASL
Sample article: I’m an expert in BSL but how would I fare in American sign language class

DSC00308Kate Foggo
Kate Foggo is a twice-graduate from Edinburgh who is looking to get into television or IT. She believes that being open about her deafness is the best way to ensure people become deaf aware.
Blog: www.katefoggo.co.uk, which mostly relates to TV (there is a slight addiction). Twitter: @ketisfolk.

Picture 2Callum Fox
Callum Fox is walking the divide between the hearing and deaf worlds. Profoundly deaf since birth and CI user. In his spare time he balances being 22 years old, being a football fanatic and trying to make it as a writer, journalist and human being. Follow him on Twitter as@WalkTheDivide
Sample article: We are the borg, you will be assimilated

Tobie Fysh
Tobie Fysh has been told that the vowels in his name are all the wrong way round. He and his wife fell into the deaf world when his first son was born profoundly deaf. Now with a second child (hearing) he’s trying to remember to be quiet at night. Follow him on Twitter at @TobieFysh
Sample article: Having a deaf son 26th April 2012

DSCF3771Ni Gallant
Ni is a deaf teen studying Social Work at Birmingham City University. She’s worked with the NDCS for years and also runs a Youth Group for Worcestershire deaf teens called “Deafinity.”
Blog: http://www.nigallant.blogspot.co.uk/
Writing for Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/ni-gallant/
Sample article: The craze for pimping your hearing aids!

Vicki Galt
Vicki Galt is married to Owen and lives near Lancaster with their three brilliant kids. James is 13 and is profoundly deaf with an implant and a hearing aid. Damian is 10 and is severely deaf and wears two hearing aids and Madison is 6 and hearing.
Sample article: Two years ago, my deaf some came home from football training in tears. Here’s what I did next.

Teresa Garratty
Teresa is a deaf actress and filmmaker who recently got ripped off.
Sample article: The perils of work


portraitAyesha Gavin
Ayesha Gavin hit the headlines in after qualifying as a teacher after suffering a lifetime of abuse and misunderstading as a result of her deafness.
Sample article: My long and hard journey to becoming a deaf teacher

Picture 2Darryl Gee
Darryl is a Yorkshireman born and bred. He’s a CSW and a BSL tutor at Calderdale College. Darryl was born hearing, and became profoundly deaf after an accident at school when he was 5. He had a cochlear implant aged 11. He comes from a deaf family, so he has been using BSL all his life. He loves his job, “especially showing young deaf adults that they can do anything they want with their lives.”
Sample article: On demand TV’s lack of subtitles is unfair 

Screen shot 2013-11-18 at 14.26.19Steve Gibson
Steve is Deaf, married to Trishy and has four hearing children. He has been involved in Further Education for 25 years and sells BSL/English books (www.deafeducate.co.uk). He used to be a programmer and at the moment is working on online Deaf Literacy. He sees bilingualism as a vital gateway for Deaf people to participate in the wider society. Steve is passionate on rugby and can be seen to support Doncaster Knights on home matches.
Sample article: How teaching deaf literacy has changed

Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 16.37.20Benjamin Gorman
Benjamin Gorman is a Project Co-ordinator for CommunityID, comes from a deaf family and is an avid user of his Freedom Pass. He likes reading, socialising and an easy life. (and free things)  He dislikes getting old (he’s just turned 30), healthy food and Mondays!
Sample article: Community ID want to train you for free

Screen shot 2014-01-14 at 10.40.52Dana Gornall
Dana Gornall is a mom from Ohio, sign language interpreter, massage therapist and columnist for elephant journal and Be You Media Group She is always looking forward to more personal growth. While not interpreting, doing massage, or being with her family she loves going to yoga. You can connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.
Sample article: Why I became an interpreter

PJ Gribbin
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/pj-gribbin/
Paul Gribbin is a semi-retired mainframe computer programmer who lives in the East Midlands.
Sample article: Deafies are like bikers. Really.

Aliya Gulamani
Aliya Gulamani graduated last summer, went off to find herself in Sri Lanka and is now back in the good old UK. 
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/aliya-gulamani/
Sample article: Teaching in Sri Lanka 

Mike Gulliver
Mike Gulliver is a linguist and geographer with a particular interest in the history of the Deaf community. He has worked in the UK and overseas as a language teacher, and interpreter/translator. His PhD, which he completed in 2009, describes Deaf spaces through history, focusing particularly on the Parisian Deaf community and their emergence from the school for deaf children founded by the Abbé de l’Epée. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two young children.
Sample article: The politics of Deaf history

Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 17.12.33Matthew Gurney
Matthew Gurney is a Deaf actor who has performed on stage and screen
Sample article: I didn’t know what would be done. I had an operation without being given an interpreter


Mija Gwyn
Mija Gwyn grew up in a tiny dusty Australian country town where “Who is More Dysfunctional” competitions were held amongst the children. She now works in Wolverhampton.
Twitter: @Oxymoronia
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/mija-gwyn/
Sample article: From down under to up over

Kristen Hansen Brakeman
Follow Kristen Hansen Brakeman on Twitter:www.twitter.com/SandwichGenMom
Sample article: Don’t hate me because I can’t hear you

Mike Hawthorne
Sample article: “How could we not be excited?” Behind the scenes at the Olympics

Paul HarrisonPaul Harrison
Paul is a freelance journalist, currently living and working in London. When not at his desk writing or tweeting, he can be found at a coffee shop or Loftus Road/The Stoop/Celtic Park (delete as applicable) mumbling insults at the referee or sloppy passing.
Twitter: @paulbharrison

Screen shot 2013-04-09 at 19.00.59Christina Hartmann

Christina is a writer who decided to give up a law career for the unexplored waters of writing. She strings words together and hopes for the best, saying: “Time will tell whether I’m an idiot or not.” She is currently finishing up the final touches on her first novel (The Secret Value of Zero), a YA sci-fi novel about genetic engineering and utilitarianism. Twitter: @cmmhartmann.

Mike Hawthorne

Sample article: How could we not be excited behing the scenes at the Olympics?

Andrew Hearn
Andy is a fourth-generation Deafie and father of two, who has trouble getting through Gatwick airport without being arrested.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/andrew-hearn/
Sample article: Escaping the airport police

Michelle Hedley
Michelle is a Geordie originally from Tyneside, and a captioned theatre fan.
Twitter: @Shelle02
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/michelle-hedley/
Sample article: I ♥ STAGETEXT

Cathy Heffernan
Cathy is a Dubliner turned a Londoner who is now living in Dublin again! A Deaf journalist who has written and worked for the Guardian, she is also a director with extensive experience in television.
Writing for the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/cathyheffernan
Twitter: @cathyheffernan
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/cathy-heffernan/
Sample article: Report from DCAL’s Deaf Children’s Development Conference

Picture 11Lianne Herbert
Lianne Herbert is an aspiring musician, actress, model and writer who happens to be deaf! She is currently writing two new plays for Deafinitely Theatre. Follow her on Twitter as @LianneHerbert13
Sample article: The frustration of attending a play without any access

Screen shot 2013-04-24 at 18.03.50Simon Herdman
Simon is director of Deaf film festival, Deaffest and presenter of CBeebies TV show, Magic Hands
Sample article: How I became one of the presenters of Cbeebies BSL poetry series

Anna Hughes
Anna has long had a passion for writing and drama, and is a hearing aid user.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/anna-hughes/
Sample article: In a job interview, do I have ‘special requirements?

Melinda Hildebrandt
Melinda is author of the blog ‘Moderate-severe / profound … quirky’ and the mother of her deaf daughter Amelia. Follow her on Twitter @drmel76
Sample article: Why I’m trying to give my daughter access to the deaf community

Jill and ChrisJill Hipson
Jill Hipson, who lives with her husband Chris in Berkhamsted in Herts, found herself at the centre of a double-page story in The Times after having problems with her bank when she bought a car.
Sample article: How Facebook helped me beat the bank

Katrina Jones
Katrina Jones is an artist and photographer in London, UK and says “I have studied art from when I sat on my grandma’s knees.
Twitter: @bimbollectual
Website: http://www.katrina-jones.co.uk/
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/katrina-jones/
Sample article: My role in Sencity

Staci Jones
Staci Jones is a 21 year old UCLAN student study history who is originally from Manchester.
Sample article: Why it’s hard, being a deafie

Chris Kubwimana
Sample article: Millions of African deaf children do not have access to education

Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 10.31.07Mark Levin
Losing his hearing at the age of three never slowed Mark Levin down. Graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2008 with a B.A. in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management, Mark has an all around passion for the music & entertainment industry. For the past 5 years Mark has worked with Sean Forbes and D-PAN: Deaf Professional Arts Network as a Tour & Event Manager, Assistant Director of Film, Guitarist, and many other roles. He has a passion for inspiring others and changing the worlds perception of the ever growing talents of the Deaf community.
Sample article: Lets eradicate the term ‘hearing impaired’

Sarah Lawrence
Sarah Lawrence is a Deaf business woman and director of Deaf Friendly Business Solutions, with over 14 years’ experience of working with the public sector and private businesses
Twitter:@deaffriendly1 and @SLFirstLtd
Website: http://deaf-friendly.co.uk
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/sarah-lawrence/
Sample article: Is Text Relay holding deaf people back?

3Erika Levi
Erika has lived in four different islands (the latest island is United Kingdom) and is currently on a lifetime adventure around the world with her tall partner, working on the Deaf World project.
Writing for the Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/erika-levi/
Sample article: Discovering the Deaf world in Mexico

Alison Leach

Alison is thirtysomething. She was born and bred near the south coast and currently resides in the West Midlands.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/alison-leach/
Sample article: Labour of love

Stephen Lloyd

Stephen Lloyd aka @sirgarg Lives in Cheshire and works as a support worker with Adults with Learning disabilities, part time deaf philosopher and deaf “jedi” tweeter.
Sample article: Do you get ‘itchy lug syndrome’?

William Mager
As well as being a new Dad, William Mager is an award-winning director for film and TV, who made his first film aged 14 when he “set fire to a model Audi Quattro and was subsequently banned from the school film club for excessive pyromania.”
Personal website: http://wlmager.com
Twitter: @wlmager
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/william-mager/
Sample article: Seeing my son for the first time

tariqTariq Mahmood
Tariq Mahmood is the founder of TariqDeafUK (TDUK ) and is (as far as he knows) the UK’s only fully qualified and fully NRCPD registered provider of BSL interpreting to the British Deaf Muslim Community.
Sample article: Interpreting is my Mecca

Robert Mandara
An expert on programming hearing aids who wrote a series of popular articles on how people could programme their own aids.
Sample  article: Programming your own hearing aids: Why you should do it

tamaraTamara Marshall
Tamara Marshall is a 21 year old Media Studies graduate and trainee journalist. She is keen to find a position in London journalism culture and achieve a high-flying career.

Martin McLean
Martin McLean is Deafinitely Theatre’s Project Manager. One of his responsibilities is to lead on the marketing campaigns for the company’s productions. Here he talks about the challenge of bringing in audiences for Deafinitely Theatre’s productions.
Sample article: Attracting an audience to deaf theatre

Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 10.30.54Elizabeth McDermott
Elisabeth (Lizzie) is a 34-year old profoundly deaf physiotherapist from Leeds-Glasgow-Guernsey-London with a keen interest in Deaf Sports (physio for GBDWF, European Deaf Championships, Bulgaria, 2011) and Women’s Health (mostly pregnant women:) She is working in London from September 2013 and aims to get involved with Deaf Sports more. Lizzie enjoys travelling, snowboarding and spending quality time with friends and family.
Sample article: When I want to switch off, I close my eyes and turn my head away. Is that ok?

Samira Mohammed
Samira Mohammed is a BSL user, and is currently studying Film and Photography at university.
Twitter: @_MissSamira
Sample article: Fasting during the Olympic games

Martine Monksfield
Martine is a primary school teacher, teaching deaf children in a mainstream environment. She recently got married and decided to blog about it because she “can’t find enough stories about the happily ever after!”
Blog: http://mischapsanddrama.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @irishhabibi
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/martine-monksfield/
Sample article: My batteries went flat at a wedding

Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson is Chief Executive of Remark!, the UK’s largest deaf media company (who support this site). He has worked in deaf media for 21 years, and believes that access for deaf people may have reached its peak.
Company website: Remark!
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/mark-nelson/
Sample article: Peak Access Theory 

Screen Shot 2013-06-24 at 11.39.00Laura Newcombe
Laura Newcombe’s experience of being deaf has triggered an interest in how deafness is construed by society. She has both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Media Communication. During her academic career she won awards for her research projects, including creating a waterproof hearing aid case. For her Master’s degree she conducted a research project investigating the impacts of subtitling in cinemas within a deaf community. She is writing a novel which will have two main characters that are deaf and hopes to one day become a professional writer.
Sample article: Lost in translation: Whatever happened to subtitling in cinemas?

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 12.16.07Rebekah Owens
Rebekah Owens is a graduate of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, an ex-teacher and ex-librarian, now a freelance writer and blogger.
Sample article: “Are you trying to find Radio 1” My early life in hearing aids

Ian Noon

Ian has been profoundly deaf since birth, giving him an interesting perspective “on what needs to change for deaf children and young people in the UK. It also means I have very questionable taste in music.”
Blog: Musings from a deaf campaigner
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/ian-noon/
Sample article: Is the government telling deaf people to PIP off on disability benefits?

Reema Patel
Reema Patel is a twenty something deaf British Asian law student at City University. Among her obsessions, she loves spending far too much time people-watching on the South Bank in London.
Twitter: @ReemaSPatel
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/reema-patel/
Sample article: Growing up deaf in a hearing world 

photoJoanne Poulton
Joanna is a blogger and says of her own blog “I don’t mind if you despise this blog,yes it’s great if you enjoy it, but rather selfishly, it’s for me.It’s oddly comforting knowing that my little opinion is floating around in cybersapce and will always be here.”
Sample article: Why Vimeo and other online video hosting sites need to be more accessible

Ceilidh O’Sullivan
You can follow Ceilidh O’Sullivan on Twitter as @DeafUganda and find out all about her life and her project by visiting www.deafhearing.org
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/Ceilidh-OSullivan/
Sample article: Setting up a deaf school in Uganda

Karen Putz
Karen Putz is a deaf mom to three deaf and hard of hearing kids, from Chicago. The husband is deaf too. The dog, however, has hearing in the normal range. In her spare time, Karen walks on water.
Twitter: @Deafmom
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/karen-putz/
Sample article: Finding my passion again, on bare feet

Michelle Quayle
Michelle Quayle grew up in Manchester and currently lives in Derby. She works for a Deaf charity and recently discovered the world of tweeting & blogging.
Blog: http://geekydumbblonde.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @geekydumbblonde
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/michelle-quayle/
Sample article: Audiology = Shushology

Hameeda Raj
Hameeda is a parent of a deaf child, academic and now author of her own book for deaf children
Sample article: Having a deaf son changed influenced my MBA

purplehairLily Rayne
Lily Rayne is a Deaf, free-spirited individual from Norman, OK, USA who believes passionately in access for the Deaf community, the idea that pets are family too, and that laughter is the best medicine. Visit her  at http://lilyarayne.wordpress.com/.
Sample article: Why the word ‘hearie’ is not offensive and what ‘hearing privilege’ amounts to

Jonathan Reid
Jonathan Reid is an occasional comedy writer and director. He lives in South London, 12 minutes away from Purley on the train.
Twitter: @DeafComedy
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/jonathan-reid/
Sample article: Purley, where deaf people go to die

Passport Photo for Linda RichardsLinda Richards
Linda Richards is Deaf, pays council tax in Surrey but is rarely there as she leads a somewhat nomadic life travelling across the UK.  Probably best known for her television, training, interpreting and translation work, Linda is a trustee of the BSLBT and also of St John’s Deaf Community Centre, London.  Known to make a mean banana cake for her friends.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/linda-richards/
Sample article: Deaf Head Wood and other Deaf place names

Kate Rowley
Kate Rowley is a sign language researcher. Her favourite things in the world are watching TV series, reading, spending time chatting and debating with other deafies!
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/kate-rowley/
Sample article: Note to my doctor. I’m ‘alright’ and my son is ‘alright’

Haley Sadler
Hayley describes herself as a “22 year old girl from Liverpool who likes listening to music and works her arse off to live life to its fullest.” She’s the proud creator of a 7000-member strong group for deaf people on Facebook.
Twitter: @HaleySadler
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/haley-sadler/
Sample article: Beating the bullies

Lana Senchal
Lana is a BSL level 1 and 2 tutor working in Lewisham and Tower Hamlets – she loves London and her Shih Tzu dog.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/lana-senchal/
Sample article: Why do deaf people have to pay to learn BSL?

taraTara Sethi
Tara Sethi is an Environmental Consultant working in the City of London, living in the Surrey countryside. She loves travelling, socialising and is passionate about charity work, having helped deaf charities for over 15 years. She is a profoundly deaf CI user.
Sample article: Did being deaf mean we missed out on a restaurant discount

Joanne Skeels
Joanne Skeels is a writer and aspiring actress living in Essex (TOWIE cast, watch out!). She watches TV and films obsessively, often accompanied by her two dogs, although they tend to steal all the popcorn.
Sample article: Masked superheroes – the ‘bane’ of lipreading?

Adam Schembri
Adam Schembri is the director of the National Institute for Deaf Studies and Sign Language and interim director of the Centre for Research on Language Diversity at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He worked at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre at University College London during 2006-2010, where he initiated the British Sign Language Corpus Project (www.bslcorpusproject.org). His research and teaching experience has encompassed a number of areas in sign language linguistics, including work on aspects of the lexicon, grammar and sociolinguistics of Australian Sign Language and British Sign Language.
Sample article: Warning signs: How our BSL research was misrepresented in the news

Catherine Small
Catherine Small has been a journalist for 25 years. She is deaf in one ear and sits in the corner so she can hear everyone.
Twitter: @cath_small
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/catheine-small/
Sample article: Tackling labyrinthitis

Smash is an incredibly talented 11 year old deaf kid at school, currently living outside the UK.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/smash/
Sample article: What its like to be a deaf kid in school

Screen shot 2014-01-29 at 12.25.27John Smith
John Smith is a Deaf comedian and actor, who is also a campaigner (and co-founder) for the Spit the Dummy campaign for a BSL Act.
Sample article: Why Deaf clubs matter (and what they give you that Deaf pubs cannot)

Lara Steward
Lara Steward is 22 years old, an actor (My Song, The Silence) with a pet shop. She loves goat milk and cookies so someday, she will own nanny goats and hire a baker to make cookies 24/7.
Website: http://larasteward.com/
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/lara-steward/
Sample article: Carrying the Olympic torch

IMG_3061Karen Stockton
Karen Stockton is from Lincolnshire and works for Action on Hearing Loss. She also helps to run the Signpost group for Christian deaf people.
Sample article: How to get subtitles back when they go missing

AJW Smith
AJW Smith is blessed by being married to a wonderful wife and having two children who he is very proud of (all hearing). He is cursed by being a loyal supporter of Leeds United.
Twitter: @AJWSmith
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/ajw-smith/
Sample article: Longing for belonging

Roy Staines
Roy Staines is deaf with Ushers Syndrome. He has campaigned for many years for deaf and deafblind people mainly on consumer and technology issues.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/roy-staines/
Sample article: How live subtitles ruined Boris Johnson’s election speech

Lara Steward
Lara Steward is 22 years old, an actor (My Song, The Silence) with a pet shop. She loves goat milk and cookies so someday, she will own nanny goats and hire a baker to make cookies 24/7.
Website: http://larasteward.com/
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/lara-steward/
Sample article: From acting to opening my own pet shop 

Maggi Summerhill
If Maggi had been more organised she would have been a millionaire but alas, she spends two thirds of her life looking for something she has just put down.
Twitter: @maggisummerhill
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/maggi-summerhill/
Sample article: Being shot… by a Nerf gun

photo (6)Ady Swinbourne
Ady Swinbourne is currently living in Bristol and working in e-commerce. He’s a keen Nottingham Forest fan who surfs at the weekend and has lived in New York and Chicago. This is Ady’s first ever published blog – his brother, Charlie, is the Editor of The Limping Chicken.
Sample article: Why I got private hearing aids after 29 years with the NHS

Screen shot 2013-11-07 at 08.13.15Phoebe Tay
Phoebe Tay is a Deaf freelance writer from Singapore who currently resides in Melbourne. She was born with profound hearing loss in both ears. Phoebe grew up oral and learnt to sign when she was 19. She is passionate about writing articles on issues around Deafness and human rights. Phoebe also has spent over 5 years as a Teacher of the Deaf. She wants to work in the field of international development and is currently aspiring to use her writing skills to advocate for the rights of Deaf people at an international level.
Sample article: For the first time in my life I experienced the deaf community being united at an international level

Tiger Mother
Tiger Mother is mum to 14-year-old moderately deaf Hayley, who has autistic spectrum disorder, and her brothers Lee and Harry. Every month she shares her frank insight into the ups and downs of family life with a deaf child who has additional needs. Read her experiences and post your own at www.ndcs.org.uk/soundingoff.

Leigh Taylor
Leigh Taylor is a hearing mum of two children, one of whom is deaf and has a life-limiting condition. In between juggling the children, a full-time job and a never-ending stream of hospital appointments for her daughter, Leigh likes to make a nuisance of herself by arguing with the LEA about appropriate school placements, transport provision, speech therapy and so on.
Sample article: Ten things you should never say to the hearing parent of a deaf child

Lynnette-Taylor-e1346727461509-150x150Lynette Taylor
“As a coda when I left home to go to college, I never dreamed that I was leaving my mother tongue. It never dawned on me that there wouldn’t be deaf people where I was going and that ASL would be nowhere in sight. Never were my eyes so lonely.”
Sample article: A role  for sign language interpreters. Preserving the linguistic rights of deaf people

Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas is an artist, filmmaker and writer. He’s made 8 short films, and has been funded by Arts Council, DADA-South, Screen South and Unltd.
Twitter: @GSThomaswriter
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/gary-thomas/
Sample article: Coming out as being deaf

Picture 2Colin Thomson
As well as being a poet, Colin Thomson is a family support worker and is a freelance BSL/Deaf Awareness trainer. He is also a signed singer, possibly one of the first in the UK, performing for the first time over 35 years ago. He has performed on See Hear and at various Deaf events, and is the fourth generation of his family to be born Deaf.
Sample poem: If I told you I was deaf, would you turn away?

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 10.55.14Darren Thorman
Darren Thorman is a London based deaf actor who worked in television and once had a go at fire eating, sky diving, running a marathon and eating sheep intestines. Having done lots of travel, challenges and adventures so far, Darren is currently developing the next thrilling chapter of his life.
Sample article: I’m not very deaf  aware when it comes to my own deafness

-1Amanda Turner
Amanda Turner is the Office Manager at Limping Chicken supporter Deaf Umbrella, and first came to work for the Company in 2002. Before, she had no previous experience of the D/deaf community, but learned quickly and is now training for her Level 2!
Sample article: Snail mail should have a place in deaf and hearing hearts

Jeff See Hear Intw at SpiegeltentProfessor Graham Turner
Professor Graham Turner is Chair of Translation & Interpreting Studies at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He leads the team now running the first ever degree course in BSL in Scotland.
Sample article: Ten lessons from the tale of the ‘fake’ interpreter

richard-turnerRichard Turner
Richard lost most of his hearing three years ago and has since become a passionate campaigner and award-winning volunteer for deaf charities. His aim is to increase deaf awareness and highlight the emotional impact of hearing loss, as well as showing the positive sides of deafness. Richard regularly blogs about accessibility and other deaf issues at his blog My New Deaf Journey
Sample article: My review of the film ‘A Life Without Words’

Sasha Thorpe
Sasha Thorpe is a deafie from a hearing family, discovering herself as deaf person. She is currently studying for qualifications in counselling studies and BSL. She wears hearing aids.
Blog: http://deaf-girl88.tumblr.com/
Twitter: @queeniegalz
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/sasha-thorpe/
Sample article: Finding the deaf world at 23

Photo 40Michael Uniacke
Michael Uniacke is a freelance writer. He was one of the judges at The Other Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia.
Sample article: “Old Macdonald had a farm” Teaching Auslan.

Screen shot 2013-06-16 at 16.56.55Jason Wagner
Jason is hearing wrote a smash hit article about how he found love with a deaf girl via online dating. Follow him on Twitter as @tuphatDimes.
Sample article: I met a nice girl online. So what’s the catch?

-1John Walker
John Walker is a senior research fellow at University of Brighton. Deaf, and sign language user by informed choice.
Blog: http://deafcapital.blog.com
Twitter: @chereme
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/john-walker/
Sample article: The Belgian Twins – Euthanasia and the Myth

Lizzie Ward
Lizzie is a cupcake baking, rock loving, blogging, writing, scrapbook making, theatre going, sci fi and fantasy obsessed geek-feminist.
Twitter: @destinyischoice
Blog: Cats and Chocolate
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/lizzie-ward/
Sample article: Music and Me

Kathryn Wilkins
Sample article: Deaf education v mainstream education


Dr Graham WilliamsDr Graham Williams
Dr Graham Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at the University of Huddersfield. He has also been profoundly deaf since birth and communicates primarily through lip-reading. He was educated at a combination of schools for the deaf and mainstream schools (with deaf support units) until studying for a BSc in Physiology at the University of Leeds and an MSc in Neurosciences at King’s College London. He then worked at the University of Oxford and became a forensic scientist for the London lab of the Forensic Science Service. He has worked at the University of Huddersfield since 2007 and has just recently completed a staff PhD in Forensic Genetics.
Sample article: Who were the world’s greatest deaf scientists?

Amy Williamson

Amy Willamson
A displaced southerner. A bilingual child of Deaf parents. A lover of the desert southwest. A former foster parent. A traveler…5 continents down, 2 to go. Amy Williamson landed in Vermont 12 years ago after living in NC, DC, AZ, Micronesia, VA, and Alaska. She is the mama of 2 sweet boys who are filled with mischief and magic, vim and vigor. Amy also has a 20 year old daughter who is a 2nd year student at RIT. She has worked as a sign language interpreter since graduating from high school and actually LOVES the work she does. She is an interpreter by choice, not by birth.
Sample article: The cost of invisibility: Codas and the sign language interpeting profession

Rob Wilks
Rob is a qualified solicitor who specialises in employment and discrimination law and is passionate about achieving equality for Deaf people.
Twitter: @RWilks
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/rob-wilks/
Sample article: Can social media beat Deaf apathy?

TerpsichoresMuseRebecca-Anne Withey
Rebecca-Anne Withey is an actress, sign singer and tutor of performing arts. A black country girl at heart, she now resides in Derby where she works in both performance art and holistic therapies. She writes on varied topics close to her heart in the hope that they may serve to inspire others.
Sample article: I beg your pardon? Deaf people are human, not a stereotype

Picture 1Tyron Woolfe
Tyron Woolfe has worked with deaf children and young people for almost over twenty years, as a Volunteer, Co-ordinator, Leader, Mentor, Researcher and Deputy Director. He really enjoys Coronation Street, the Apprentice and South Korean horror movies!
Sample article: Pre-recorded subtitles rule. Broadcasters, take note

Asher Woodman-Worrell
Asher is now a university graduate, yet he is strangely going back to university to do another degree. He volunteers for BDA’s Youth board and run Deaf Runners- a facebook group for deaf runners in his spare time – however, sadly, he hasn’t got over his obsession with Leicester City and PlayStation 3 – to his girlfriend’s everlasting suffering. 
Twitter: @Asher_The_Blur 
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/asher-woodman-worrell/
Sample article: How my friend Ben Thomson conquered university

Joanna Wootten
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/joanna-wootten/
Sample article: Quiz: What kind of deaf person are you? 24th April 2012

Gaynor YoungGaynor Young
Gaynor is an ex-actress from South Africa. In 1989 she had an accident whist acting which left her deaf, brain-damaged and disabled. Now, she is a bi-lateral cochlear implant user. Her book My Plunge to Fame was published in 2000. She writes her blog ‘ear ‘ear (www.earearblog.com) about her deafness, brain damage and disability and most of all, her love of life! Follow her on twitter: @earearblog 
Sample article: With the loss of my hearing, my sense of touch grew super-profound

7 Responses “Writers” →
  1. Just watched See Hear 6th March 2013 subject speech reading
    Yes I am a super speech reader! However feel See Hears test should have read each word once then repeated again at the end (the second time round)

  2. Is there any way in which I could contact your writer Andy Palmer? I wanted to ask for some advice regarding career options after his reply to a comment of mine a while ago.

  3. Hi All!

    I’m writing to you because I’ve had a look at your blog site and believe you, or someone you may know, might be interested in getting involved in our current campaign here at Diversity Jobs.
    We are really interested in hearing about how people are doing and what’s going on in people’s lives at the moment – we want the honest truth.
    Our company is currently going through a big over-haul and we’re trying hard to uncover how we can really help people in their search for a fair and inclusive work place. We are here to provide people with support and encouragement, whilst getting their voice heard.
    We are actually hoping to find a few people who are not only happy to tell us how they’re doing, but who might be interested in contributing to our new site.
    We are in the process of putting together a whole new micro-site built around the ‘big IDEA’ – Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility, which will contain a wealth of information from reputable industry leaders, bloggers, news stories and interesting polls.
    If you have a few minutes to spare, it would be great to hear back from you – or if you know someone who might be interested, please pass on this message.
    There’s a range of content which anyone could contribute – from simply answering a couple of short questions, to submitting a poem, writing an article for our blog or some creative writing, it’s entirely up to you – as long as we’re getting your opinion or a personal insight, we’re happy.

    Please do get in touch – even just to have a chat, we want to hear from you.

    Kind regards,


  4. We would like to write something – how and when please?

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