Language and life: a personal journey of barriers and success
A unique and versatile writer of fiction, journalism, (The Guardian), memoir and spoken word poetry, Penny Pepper’s work examines difference, diversity and identity. As a well-known social justice activist, she has appeared on TV and Radio extensively speaking on equality issues including disability, feminism and sexuality. Her eagerly anticipated memoir First in the World Somewhere is published in September 2017 - an 80s-90s tale of defiance, music-making, sex and friendship, interwoven around the realities of being a young disabled women. Find out more at www.pennypepper.co.uk
This event is part of the Royal College of Nursing's Centenary celebrations. One of the goals of the RCN’s founders in 1916 was for the new College of Nursing to offer support for the general welfare of all their members. Many nurses had sustained injuries during service in the war, both physical and psychological. Among other things, the College established rest homes where members could relax, rejuvenate and recover. Nursing today remains a wide-ranging and sometimes risky profession where the potential for developing an illness or disability through work can be high. For the RCN’s centenary, we look at the achievements of nurses and health care workers with disabilities over the last 100 years.
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