First in the World Somewhere

By Penny Pepper

A unique memoir of creative purpose, sexual discovery, activism - driven by defiance

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Five things you don't know about Penny Pepper - including pledge closing time!


Hi everybody


I hate apricots – who knew that?


I think that’s enough, though I might sneak another one in later.  I’ve read far too much about how to do social media lately…


Sorry about the lack of Shed life. It’s a swing between work and poor health in the Penny lands. Sometimes it’s more a stagger. Sometimes a bounce. The lack of Shed moments is a consequence – many apologies. Eventually though, I take a deep breath and a clear space appears, as with today.


And… some very hot news regarding First in the World Somewhere. Pledging closes on 4th May as the book creeps closer to being a reality in our hands. I’ve seen the cover! I’ve seen the blurb! I’ve even seen the typeface. Which I can’t share with you now as it’s naturally a huge international secret. Can I please ask you all to share news of the book with others who might be tempted by Penny Tales, and be chuffed to get their name in the back?


It all goes towards pushing up the profile, giving me a voice and keeping the gluten free bread on the table. Thank you, as always.


Lots of other news. Had a most marvellous adventure last week with my darling mate actor-comedian Liz Carr (see photo above of us) at BBC Radio 4 to record With Great Pleasure. I was chuffed to be one of Liz’s readers, along with actor Daniel Weyman - Max, her TV husband from Silent Witness. Great fun was had by all and with her usual skill Liz managed to squeeze in disability rights. The programme is due to be broadcast on 8th May – the link for the show is not up yet but should be next week. I like going to the BBC – the staff at ground level are helpful and in its operations it retains a sense of dotty Britishness, from the art deco features in the radio theatre to the way staff have to contend with archaic procedures.


I lost my voice completely to laryngitis in March, which is a scary experience for the Pepper. Thankfully it’s back - in good time for my guest speaker slot at the end of May at The Hurst, on an Arvon course talking poetry. Arvon is a lovely writers’ organisation and I know that The Hurst is fully accessible. Sometimes bursaries are available for costs. It’s a privilege to be going along to meet other poets.


And I’ll need to be in fine, full voice, later on in the year, because I will be in Edinburgh during Fringe month in connection with my book – as they say, watch this space for further details.


I didn’t want to mention the election. So I won’t. Other than to say, please vote! In my youth it was wholly inaccessible and denied to me – more in the memoir.  I will always exercise that right now I have it. Even if I am an anarchist that doesn’t believe in rulers…



I’ll leave you on a huge deep breath to say First in the World Somewhere is out in September. Not so far away. Excitement doesn’t even come close. So please coax, blackmail, bribe and beg new pledgers for me. I am a jittery soul and need that lurve eternal…


Be well, be happy – as Morrissey once wrote to me…


Penny x


Ps: Factoid number two – I once met the Queen’s cousin, Lord Snowden!

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