In the voice of a writer – Telescope

Scope at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is no news to Melbournians. However, this year you get the chance to hear from diverse writers with lived experience of disability as they share their perspectives and perform their works through voice, recordings and other mediums.

Supported by disability provider Scope, these writers will talk about everything, from crime and fan fiction to memoir and poetry.

Join Scope at the Melbourne Fringe Festival for a Telescope event, an annual competition for writers with a disability.

Telescope provides a platform for writers to have exposure for their work and for readers to indulge in the unique voices of writers with disability.

We caught up with Carly Findlay, the festival’s Access and Inclusion Coordinator, on what you can expect at the festival.

“I am so glad to be working as at Melbourne Fringe – assisting artists in making their shows more accessible, and working with artists and audience members who are Deaf or people with disability,” Carly says as she talks about improving the experience for people with a disability.

“Trades Hall will be unified, massive Festival Hub, and for the first time, it will be fully accessible,” she adds. The hub will be equipped with a lift entrance at the front of the building, DDA compliant toilets, a wheelchair accessible bar and accessible performance spaces!

There are loads of accessible events – from events in wheelchair accessible venues, to Auslan interpreted performances, audio described shows and Fringe Furniture tactile tours. Companion and Carer cards, and guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all venues. Click here to find accessible shows.

“The Telescope by Scope, on the 20th September, is an amazing event. It provides a great platform for writers with a disability to showcase their work and for everyone else to witness the wonderful work by these writers,” Carly says, talking about various other Disability and Deaf Arts programs.

“We also have some Volunteer Access Champions to assist Deaf people and people with disability in our Fringe Hub and Club.”

Get your tickets to the Telescope now

See you all at the festival.