20 October - Visual Arts Showcase
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Venue: Online, hosted by National Women’s Council Disabled Women’s Group
Webinar showcasing the diversity of experiences, lives and perspectives of disabled women through poetry, photo and music
Artists (More artists to be announced):
author, poet, performer and disabled artist
Penny Pepper is an acclaimed wheelchair-using author, poet, performer & disabled activist. A genre-defying and versatile writer, her work focuses on the examination of difference, inequality and identity. She tells stories we haven’t heard, making others see life differently, always with humour and wisdom. Her champions include Jake Arnott, Margaret Drabble and Danuta Keene. Most recently she has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious international Hemingway Shorts 2021 Competition and her winning story will be published in their competition anthology.
Penny published her groundbreaking memoir, First in The World Somewhere with Unbound and a poetry collection, Come Home Alive, with Burning Eye Books. She is now signed to The Good Literary Agency where she is represented by Abi Fellows. She has also been widely published including Mslexia, The Guardian, Byline Times amongst others.
National Women's Council
The National Women’s Council of Ireland have been working with a group of disabled women online since March 2020. This has been critical to strengthen and inform the policy and advocacy work of our organisation and also to make visible the issues and experiences of disabled women in wider policy and strategic development. In doing so, it is of particular importance that this work is led by disabled women and that their voices and participation are championed, made visible and supported. A small planning group has come together to organize our event as partners in the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival 2021.
The Disabled Women’s Group was set up to:
- challenge stereotypes and build leadership
- ensure disabled women are represented in NWCI communications
- ensure NWCI are communicating in an accessible way
- raise awareness about the issues disabled women face
- and support disabled women’s participation in the women’s movement.