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Penny Pepper has been a writer and activist within the disability arts movement for 20 years. She has written articles for dao, Arts Disability Culture Magazine, Disability Now and Ouch! She has also written short stories for DAO and is the author of Desires (2003), a controversially unique collection of explicit fiction focusing on disabled people, relationships and sex.

Pains and Pleasures

13 May 2009

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I'm buzzing and giggling. 11 pm and I've dropped off Jo Cox, my cellist, who plays musical accompaniment to my spoken word. It went rather well and I have that sense of satisfaction spreading a warm happy glow about my being, that feeling of knowing when you've done something you are meant to do, what you are about. And that it was thankfully, rather marvellous. Dialzero is an artists' collective (www.dialzero.org/news/html) currently curating an exhibition and performance evenings at Ada...

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Disability Film Festival in Wolverhampton ... amongst other things ...

12 May 2009

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One reason for my lack of blog has been a period of intense activity in all the multiplying strands of my life. Things have always rolled through peaks and troughs for me, and in the last few months this has never been more true. I wrote about Independent Living Funds. The powerlessness these enforced 'social care' systems can impose on us. At a personal level, this has now had some closure, but I am more aware at how others battle on and how those who can speak out, must. These human rights to...

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Penny Pepper is looking for some actors for a short film she is making.

28 March 2010

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At last I've written a film script and I'd really like to get some good actors for this 5 min short, which is for a competition. Naturally, this is an EXTREME micro, micro budget. It's me doing everything on my Sony DV Cam. I can feed and water actors and pay very basic travel out of my own pocket as a thanks. And give a DVD at the end. I've been making films for about a year now, and you can see some on youtube.com and at 4docs The short film 'Diary for Lawrence' was chosen for a showing by...

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Diversity and Devilment!

12 February 2012

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photo of spoken word artist Penny Pepper with cellist Jo Cox, pictured in the Liberty tent at Trafalgar Square

Please let me tempt you to be challenged and entertained by my guest slot at Soho Theatre, Feb 20th 7.45pm, where I am performing with acclaimed comedy troupe Abnormally Funny People. Reviews, press coverage, radio slots and offers of work all very welcome. I am also an eager Penny for some representation / management for my spoken word as I have too much to handle on my own. Other than this, I'm sending this invite purely in the hope that you will come along and enjoy the whole evening....

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Taking A Liberty

19 September 2013

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I sit in a cramped room in Camden.  I am a shy, nervous creature, newly in London. Listening to this bunch of disabled people speak, my thoughts flood with hope and awe. They speak of our arts and culture, and call for revolution. This was a meeting in the Artsline office, Crowndale Road, circa 1985. I am not sure any of us realised we were pioneers, but I believe history shows we were in our own ramshackle way. And now, against memories of those beginnings, I come to Liberty in the...

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