Awkwoods: Daniel Oliver’s Dyspraxic Adventures in Participatory Performance

Daniel Oliver is dyspraxic and he creates awkward participatory performance worlds. He has done so since 2003. This book documents some of those worlds, as well as bringing together critical and creative responses by Aby Watson, Jo Hauge, Luke Ferris, O. Husch, Chloe Spicer, Hamja Ahsan and Nwando Ebizie. These writings focus on discussing, embracing, and celebrating dyspraxic approaches to performance making, socialising, world building, thinking and writing. It is especially for everyone except of course for those who choose to identify as ‘everyone’ rather that someone else – but it will be great for anyone who, for example, is invested in dyspraxia, neurodiversity, Live Art, Audience Participation, World-Building, and sentences like this one.


Awkwoods was launched at LADA, along with a new Study Room Guide ‘On Neurodiversity‘ by Daniel Oliver on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at The Garrett Centre.

Daniel also marked the launch of Awkwoods with a  low-fi relaxed rong table at Queen Mary University of London on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Publishing and Distribution

Published by the Live Art Development Agency, Autumn 2019. 140 pages, with colour images throughout.

Trade Orders: Central Books, see our Distribution page for more information