- Caroline Hodges (Bournemouth University)
- Wendy Cutts (Bournemouth University)
In this paper we consider ways in which academics might work in collaboration with artists and community groups using performance poetry as grassroots ‘arts activism’, with the aim of facilitating empowerment and offering a ‘voice’ to AAC users to challenge dominant societal attitudes and practices which may serve to marginalise them.
Situating our discussion within the methodological framework of ‘poetic inquiry’, we consider how performance poetry can be used as a tool and process of research, as well as a method of research dissemination.
Using participant-authored poetry, participant observations and researcher reflections, we discuss what ‘performance’, ‘voice’ and ‘spoken word’ might mean within this specific context.
We identify ways in which performance poetry can reach audiences on both an emotional and a critical level, thus providing a useful means to educate the public about AAC.
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