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
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/charlie-swinbourne/
Sample article: Review: Rita Simons – My daughter, deafness and me
Andy Palmer (Deputy 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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/andy-palmer/
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!
Ni Gallant (Contributing Editor)
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.”
Writing for Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/ni-gallant/
Sample article: The craze for pimping your hearing aids!
Emily Howlett (Contributing Editor)
Emily is a profoundly Deaf actress, writer and horsewoman.
Personal website: http://www.ehowlett.co.uk/
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/emily-howlett/
Sample article: From city to countryside 20th February 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/donna-williams/
Sample article: S*** people say to sign language interpreters 12th March 2012
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 28th June 2012
Angie is a part-time journalist, food and travel writer, photographer and co-founder of Twitter’s top weekly business networking event, #Yorkshirehour. She is also the new External Relationships Manager at Hearing Link.
Sample article: Out and Proud! 14th June 2012
Tony Barlow is an employment consultant who currently lives in Derby with a Deaf wife and 2 little girls.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/tony-barlow/
Sample article: In employment, are deaf people bottom of the pecking order? - 29th March 2012
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 2012
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 2012
Luke Blackburn is a budding film maker who enjoys shouting at the rugby on TV in his spare time.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/luke-blackburn/
Sample article: The clueless jobcentre adviser 12th June 2012
Martyn Brown is a deaf grandad in a hearing family. He regularly speaks for NDCS and chairs a local deaf children’s society. 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 2013
Laraine Callow MBE is the director of deaf training and consultancy Deafworks (who support this site).
Company website: http://deafworks.co.uk
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/laraine-callow/
Sample article: Should deaf people speak for themselves? 2nd March 2012
Tamsin juggles being being a mum to three lively children with writing and running the Wirral Deaf Children’s Society.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/tamsin-coates/
Sample article: The importance of subtitled cinema 22nd June 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/jane-cordell/
Sample article: Understanding deaf voices 13th April 2012
Adrean Clark is a deaf artist from the US. She has just found her new ‘name sign’ in American Sign Language.
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 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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/catherine-cooper/
Sample article: The beginning of my cochlear implant journey 20th March 2012
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
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 is the Ex-Chair of UK Deaf Sport 2003-2006 and the President of International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD) 2009 – present.
Sample article: My personal thoughts about the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012 20th March 2012
Bazza Deaf is a permanently resting actor with a day job as an accountant. He is also a comedic writer for British Deaf News.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/bazza-deaf/
Sample article: A list of debt organisations in Britain 13th April 2012
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
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/amanda-everitt/
Sample article: Dancing in an L-shaped line 30th July 2012
Teresa is a deaf actress and filmmaker who recently got ripped off.
Sample article: The perils of work 27th September 2012
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. 15th August 2012
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 15th June 2012
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).
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
Sample article: “How could we not be excited?” Behind the scenes at the Olympics 27th July 2012
Paul Harrison (News Reporter)
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.
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.
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 13th March 2012
Michelle is a Geordie originally from Tyneside, and a captioned theatre fan.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/michelle-hedley/
Sample article: I ♥ STAGETEXT 8th March 2012
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
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/cathy-heffernan/
Sample article: Report from DCAL’s Deaf Children’s Development Conference 3rd October 2012
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?’ 19th April 2012
Ni is a deaf teen in mainstream school. She runs a Youth Group for Worcestershire deaf teens called “Deafinity.”
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/ni-gallant/
Sample article: My journey – 30th March 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/mija-gwyn/
Sample article: From down under to up over 16th March 2012
Aliya 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 15th June 2012
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.”
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/katrina-jones/
Sample article: My role in Sencity – 18th April 2012
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
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/sarah-lawrence/
Sample article: Is Text Relay holding deaf people back? 15th October 2012
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 13th April 2012
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’? 26th July 2012
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
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/william-mager/
Sample article: Seeing my son for the first time
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.
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!”
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/martine-monksfield/
Sample article: My batteries went flat at a wedding 23rd February 2012
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 7th March 2012
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? 28th February 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/reema-patel/
Sample article: Growing up deaf in a hearing world – 28th March 2012
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- 28th March 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/karen-putz/
Sample article: Finding my passion again, on bare feet – 27th March 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/michelle-quayle/
Sample article: Audiology = Shushology 28th February 2012
Jonathan Reid is an occasional comedy writer and director. He lives in South London, 12 minutes away from Purley on the train.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/jonathan-reid/
Sample article: Purley, where deaf people go to die 1st March 2012
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 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’ – 3rd April 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/haley-sadler/
Sample article: Beating the bullies 23rd March 2012
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? 9th May 2012
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? 31st July 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/catheine-small/
Sample article: Tackling labyrinthitis 27th April 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/ajw-smith/
Sample article: Longing for belonging 24th February 2012
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 8th May 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/lara-steward/
Sample article: From acting to opening my own pet shop 3rd May 2012
Nick Sturley is an award–winning author & writer, director and screenwriter. He has Usher, but he has never let it get in the way of his never–ending challenges in life.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/nick-sturley
Sample article: Dusting off my minicom to call the DSS - 2nd April 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/maggi-summerhill/
Sample article: Being shot… by a Nerf gun -4th April 2012
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.
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/gary-thomas/
Sample article: Coming out as being deaf 10th May 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/sasha-thorpe/
Sample article: Finding the deaf world at 23
John Walker is a senior research fellow at University of Brighton. Deaf, and sign language user by informed choice.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/john-walker/
Sample article: The Belgian Twins – Euthanasia and the Myth
Lizzie is a cupcake baking, rock loving, blogging, writing, scrapbook making, theatre going, sci fi and fantasy obsessed geek-feminist.
Blog: Cats and Chocolate
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/lizzie-ward/
Sample article: Music and Me - 20th April 2012
Sample article: Deaf education v mainstream education – 20th July 2012
Rob is a qualified solicitor who specialises in employment and discrimination law and is passionate about achieving equality for Deaf people.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/rob-wilks/
Sample article: Can social media beat Deaf apathy? - 23rd April 2012
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.
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/asher-woodman-worrell/
Sample article: How my friend Ben Thomson conquered university 25th April 2012
Writing for The Limping Chicken: http://limpingchicken.com/category/joanna-wootten/
Sample article: Quiz: What kind of deaf person are you? 24th April 2012