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Stephen Unwin

‘Who’s Virginia Woolf Afraid Of?’

, 22 December 2022
Stephen Unwin explores how the famed author's views about disability were typical of a growing intellectual endorsement of the dangerous ideology of eugenics in the early 20th century

‘Life Unworthy of Life’: The Lessons of T4

, 28 December 2021
Stephen Unwin delves deep into the intellectual traditions and cultural mindset that produced the Nazis’ ‘wild euthanasia’ of people with disabilities, and finds we have not yet put those prejudices to rest 

The Sound of Silence: My Joey Doesn’t Need to Speak to be Heard

, 17 September 2021
Stephen Unwin explores non-verbalism and how societal debates around disability are still too binary

POST-COVID CULTURE: Opening Up or Closing Down?

, 10 July 2020
Following the Chancellor's lifeline in funding for the culture and heritage sectors, Stephen Unwin considers whether this will usher in a real ‘levelling-up’ of the arts across the country

Touching but Untouched: Visiting Joey

, 1 July 2020
Stephen Unwin's first reunion in months with his severely disabled son under strict conditions of isolation reveals what we all should hold dear

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS: Government Suspends Key Protections for Children with Special Educational Needs

, 5 May 2020
Stephen Unwin explains the personal impact of COVID-19 emergency 'reasonable endeavours' policy on his severely learning disabled son.

Listen to Joey: How the Most Vulnerable Can Show Us the Way in this Crisis

, 27 March 2020
Stephen Unwin shares his experience of not being able to see his son Joey due to the COVID-19 outbreak and what he believes Joey can teach us in moments such as these.

Fiction in the Age of Fake News

, 9 March 2020
After 40 years as a theatre director and author, Stephen Unwin sees the avant-garde as powerless against the Alt-Right and argues we need a new respect for reality.

Eugenics and the Intellectuals

, 17 February 2020
Stephen Unwin explores how some of the most civilised and intelligent thinkers have supported one of the most dark and barbaric philosophies in modern history.

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