Bilingual Poet's Dilemma
 

Bilingual Poet's Dilemma with captions and voice over of poem by K. Yvonne Strain, transcript downloadable https://youtu.be/IJ-_L4f7LU8


Donna Williams

Donna Williams is a Deaf poet who uses English and British Sign Language. Working with such different languages has inspired a deep interest in translation and how her work can be made accessible to both hearing and D/deaf audiences. She has performed at poetry festivals around the UK as well as in America and Brazil, and has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe. As well as poetry, she has written short plays with Deafinitely Theatre and workshopped others with Graeae Theatre. She has been published in several anthologies and magazines, including Deaf Lit Extravaganza, edited by John Lee Clark. Her poems cover many themes, from bilingualism to identity, to her beloved cats. https://deaffirefly.com/. Her poem, "Bilingual Poet's Dilemma" appears as part of NationalPoetryMonth.ca 2018 and was originally published as part of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017).


Sandra Alland

Sandra Alland is a Glasgow-based writer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. Her poetic examination of gender and A.I., Naturally Speaking (espresso, Toronto), co-won the 2013 bpNichol Award. In 2017, Sandra co-edited the anthology, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, UK), and had short stories published in three anthologies from Manchester’s Comma Press, including Protest! Stories of Resistance. Sandra’s story, ‘Equivalence’, was developed into a live performance with film, and featured at Transpose (Barbican, London), Anatomy (Summerhall, Edinburgh), and Who’s Your Dandy? (Edinburgh Filmhouse). www.blissfultimes.ca. Sandra's co-directed film, "Bilingual Poet's Dilemma" by Donna Williams" was published in NationalPoetryMonth.ca 2018 and was originally published as part of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017).


Ania Urbanowska

Ania Urbanowska is a Polish-born filmmaker based in Edinburgh. She creates fictional, experimental and documentary films. She also collaborates with international artists on A/V performances and cross-platform projects. Ania has directed several short films that engage with subjects including the power of subconscious and coincidence, fear and sexuality. She recently collaborated with Sandra Alland on three other short films and the multidisciplinary performance, ‘Equivalence’. Ania edited the award-winning short documentary, ‘Where We Are Now’. http://aniaurbanowska.com/. Her film, "Bilingual Poet's Dilemma by Donna Williams" appears as part of NationalPoetryMonth.ca  2018 and was originally published as part of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017).