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.
Grief for a Living Child: A Taboo That Needs to Be

Grief for a Living Child: A Taboo That Needs to Be Broken

It was the force of that grief, rather than the shock of Isobel's diagnosis, that I fought desperately to eject from myself. It took great strength to not let it blind me to the very beautiful little girl who had arrived with the potential to light up my life.
27/01/2015 13:31 GMT
I Am a Deaf Survivor, Last Week, I Wore Purple For Others Like

I Am a Deaf Survivor, Last Week, I Wore Purple For Others Like Me

Language is key. Who says your perpetuator has to be in the frame? Why not yourself? Is it not more empowering to say, 'I am a survivor' without referring once to them by name, or identifiable detail? If their behaviour was that criminal, surely other people would work that out for themselves?
30/10/2014 13:15 GMT
What a Little Girl Taught Me About

What a Little Girl Taught Me About Humanity

But when Isobel was finally diagnosed with cerebral palsy and global developmental delay at one year old, I found myself dealing with extraordinarily complex psychologies. Yes, I had a label; but it wasn't what I expected.
05/11/2012 12:39 GMT
Help Scope Keep Us

Help Scope Keep Us Close

Not having access to suitable services near home is taking a massive toll on families with disabled children. Half are missing out on quality time that families with non-disabled children take for granted - like celebrating birthdays, playing together or going swimming.
17/10/2012 12:51 BST
The David Bowie

The David Bowie Legacy

The latest event to commemorate rock's best-known chameleon is <em>Strange Fascination?</em>, <a href="http://www.ul.ie/news-centre/events/strange-fascination-a-symposium-on-david-bowie" target="_hplink">a three-day symposium</a> taking place at Limerick University in a fortnight's time, where his many stage personae will undoubtedly be dissected many times over.
12/10/2012 18:49 BST