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DM Weekly Digest 08/12/2023

Benjamin Zephaniah: Writer, poet and Peaky Blinders actor dies aged 65

Diverse Matters were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Benjamin Zephaniah on Thursday. Read more here.


You can watch him perform one of his works, 'Rong Radio Station' here


Turner Prize 2023 awarded to queer artist Jesse Darling

Darling's work was described by the Turner Prize judges as “familiar yet delirious world” that “unsettles perceived notions of labour, class, Britishness and power”. Read more here.


Accessibility in gaming: 'When we all play, we all win'

Ben - who prefers to be known as Sightless Kombat, or SK - is a gamer without sight who regularly streams on Twitch. Read more here.


Most victims of domestic homicide have contacted police or NHS, review shows

A review of 302 domestic homicides recorded in a seven-year period has found that the majority of those killed had been “hiding in plain sight”, having made contact with the police, health services and other public agencies before their death. Read more here.


Wentworth monument to smallpox pioneer given upgraded status

The obelisk at Wentworth Castle Gardens, near Barnsley, recognises Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's contribution to tackling the deadly disease. Sarah Charlesworth, from Historic England, said Lady Montagu was "one of the overlooked heroines" of medicine. Read more here.


Huge delays to access maternal mental health care in England called a scandal

Almost 20,000 women a year living with mental health problems triggered by being pregnant or giving birth are being denied support by the NHS. Read more here.


Ntando Mahlangu: 'It isn't easy to be a sprinter one day and a jumper the next'

After having both legs amputated at the knee when he was just 10, Mahlangu has gone on to become one of South Africa's most successful Para-athletes. Read more here.


'Leave me alone': Billie Eilish hits out at magazine for 'outing' her

Singer Billie Eilish has accused a US entertainment magazine of outing her and questioned why it "matters". Read more here.


Liverpool retains Premier League's highest award for equality, diversity and inclusion

Liverpool FC has been recognised by the Premier League for its continued commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) and awarded the Premier League Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Standard (PLEDIS) Advanced Level, the league’s highest honour in this category. Read more here.


Racism: Social worker calls experiences exhausting

Jade Forbes, who is black, said the workplace bigotry she experienced had affected her mental health. Read more here.