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Come Home Alive by Penny Pepper


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What are the real and metaphorical places we do battle in? How are the barriers of the heart and the stone challenged when you are defined as `Other'? Come Home Alive is Penny Pepper's debut poetry collection. It reflects a diversity of thought and emotion, resonating with her signature combination of compassion, wit and protest. This collection gathers together some of her most successful live pieces including the protest of London Bus, the anthemic Cripplegate Town, and the spit of outrage in Special. Penny's work has been described as euphoric melancholic, reflected in poems such as Sonnet for Blues and Rain.

Penny Pepper is a writer, poet and established rights activist. Her life as a published poet began in the punk era of fanzines and evolved into songwriting and flourished within the early radical disability arts scene. This is her first collection. An accomplished spoken word artist, her one woman show, Lost in Spaces, premiered at the Soho Theatre, London before going on a national tour. She has also performed widely including Trafalgar Square, The Olympic Park, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New York. She writes regularly for The Guardian and has appeared on Newsnight, BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio 4's Today programme and was featured on Woman's Hour, for their 70th birthday edition. She is named in the Power 100 of Britain's most influential disabled people. Her explicit taboo-breaking book about sex and disabled people Desires Reborn, was published in 2012, and in 2013 she won a Creative Future Literary Award. Her memoir, First In The World Somewhere, is published by Unbound. Penny is finishing work on her novel, Fancy Nancy. She likes cats, is a music junkie and once won an Erotic Oscar. Website: http://www.pennypepper.co.uk Twitter: @penpep

‘An incredibly strong, political, sexy, candid, real and important poetry
explosion. One of the best things I have read in a long time.’
Liv Torc

‘Penny Pepper’s work is a virtuoso display of invention, wit, and courage.
It’s thought provoking and funny and moving and makes us see the
world differently.’
Dame Margaret Drabble

‘A force of nature and a voice like no other.’
Liz Carr