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The Staying Inn

Inspired by the Disabled community. The Staying Inn is a Virtual Pub to keep people in self-isolation connected during COVID_19.

News Summary

A summary of the latest news from The Staying Inn

“My white cane is only 125cm. If I bump into someone, I’m too close”

3 faces in the Lucy Edwards interview

Our landlady Amy spoke to Lucy Edwards for her YouTube Channel. Lucy, Amy and Dr Amit Patel discuss visual impairment, social distancing & the new challenges created by #Covid-19. –

Say Hello to Carly Findlay

Pictures of Amy & Carly advertising the talk

We enjoyed the opportunity to Say Hello to Carly Findlay in Conversation with Landlady Dr Amy Kavanagh on Sunday 3rd May 11.30am (UK) / 8.30pm (Aus)

Our Staying Inn elves have been beavering away and now, for those that missed this session, the video is available on our YouTube channel –

Unfortunately, its not quite the full experience as we had a couple of technical blips along the way so on this occasion we can only bring you an Audio recording of the session with Closed Captions.

Carly Findlay is a blogger, writer, speaker and appearance activist. She challenges people’s thinking about what it’s like to have a visibly different appearance. Carly will be joining Amy at The Staying Inn for a conversation about her book Say Hello.

The book is a memoir – with anecdotes from Carly’s life to date, as well as thoughts and observations on ableism, media representation and beauty privilege. This incredible memoir encourages hope and disability pride.

Join us to hear all about Carly’s book, activism and an exploration of living with disability and visible difference.

When: Sunday 3 May, 2020 11:30 AM
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Join us at 11.30am (UK time), this session has live captions and British Sign Language interpreters.
This session will be recorded, but your camera will not be visible as it is a webinar.

Say Hello is available as an audiobook and e-book, you can find out more details here: 

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Pictures of Amy & Carly advertising the talk

iNews catch up with The Staying Inn

The iNews catch up with our Landlady Amy and our barmaid Ginny to discover how the Inn is open to all.

Landlady Amy had an early start chatting to the BBC Radio 5 Live team

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Landlady Amy had an early start on 30 April 2020 chatting to the BBC Radio 5 Live team about The Staying Inn and our efforts to connect isolated disabled people.

We have since located a transcript of that interview.

Another great quiz night at The Staying Inn!

43 teams joined us, our biggest event so far. Congratulations to Gillian & Thom our winners this week Thank you again to the team helping us make it accessible @weedollydixie @paulbelmontesli @mycleartext

Rounds this week included:

  • General Knowledge
  • Geography
  • Greek Myths
  • Science
  • Queens
  • American Presidents in TV & Film
  • Sport

Join us again next week!

Pub features in the Express and Star

Amy standing outside in a blue dress with her cane

Photo by Kaye Ford Photography

“My hope is that this crisis will teach us the value of connecting even when we are far apart, & that by sharing a video call & a laugh, we might help break down some of the barriers between disabled people & a society which often excludes us.”

Our Landlady, Amy, was interviewed for an article in today’s Express and Star to showcase everything going on at The Staying Inn.

Amy sat in her home office space with 2 screens in front of her

Amy in her home office

Fantastic top tips and tricks shared at Stitch & Bitch

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Another fabulous Stitch & Bitch evening at The Staying Inn!

A huge thank you to @Sarah_Dawns @hookandeyecraft for talking to us about making crafts accessible. Some fantastic top tips & tricks shared.

A contributor's knitting project in blue and redGrid of some participants using Zoom for tonight's session

Forensic Psychology & Female Serial Killers

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On Wednesday 8 April we enjoyed a fascinating talk from @TeaWanderLust all about Forensic Psychology & Female Serial Killers, you can watch back the session below. You can find the slides here and the accompanying Presentation notes.

There are live captions & full details in the notes.

Pub Quiz a roaring success

Screenshot showing faces of many Quiz participants in Zoom

Another fab evening at The Staying Inn! 34 teams joined us for our weekly #VirtualPubQuiz Some excellent silly hats worn by the regulars. We also had live captions from the lovely Orla! Yay! Congrats to our winners Dr Jon Hastie & Tomas


Bingo Card with screen in the background

Tonight was The Staying Inn’s first night of house BINGO.

Thank you to the glamorous @HollieAnneB who called the numbers & kept the evening thoroughly raucous! Congrats to everyone who won the imaginary speedboats, electric knitting machine & silk sheets.

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