Melissa Mostyn

Commentator on arts, culture and disability

I am an author, playwright, film director, blogger, journalist and arts critic. I live in the Home Counties with my two children. My grand passion is freedom of expression and it is this that drives my diverse love of the arts and media. Originally a fashion journalist, I now write about parenting, the arts, disability and deaf issues, and over the years have contributed to Vogue, Esquire, The Observer, The Independent, BLOOM, New Zealand Style, The Huffington Post, British Deaf News and Disability Arts Online, among many others.

For three years I blogged at The Mostyn-Thomas Journal about life as a deaf parent bringing up a child with multiple disabilities, and how that impacted on my own perspective of disability in general. The material was republished as an e-memoir, My Daughter and I, on 24th April 2014 and can be viewed in Amazon's Kindle store.

In 2011 I made my debut as a film director and scriptwriter with CODA, a TV drama short produced by Neath Films in association with the BSLBT, which was broadcast on The Community Channel and Film4, and can still be viewed on The BSL Zone.

A brand-new 28-minute TV documentary, Listen, even when your heart is crying, is currently in post-production.

Following the success of a 10-minute monologue staged in London, I am developing a 10-minute play as part of my CPD with Deafinitely Theatre's HUB.