Springfield Road

By Salena Godden

A poetic, funny and touching memoir of childhood in the 1970s

Monday, 2 December 2013

The House Of Lords

On Tuesday December 3rd, I've been invited to speak at The House Of Lords as part of The 21st Birthday of the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities. I'll be speaking out on the behalf of disabled and blind people at the red carpet premier of the 'Sea Of Change' film. Lord Low the inspirational blind Lord is sponsoring the event.

This is a great honour. My mother is a full time carer of my little sister and so I am excited to be given the opportunity to write a poem about it and to speak out for the UK's disabled, the blind, those with learning difficulties and those that care for them, the very people that I believe deserve our help, support and understanding most of all.

There is a group of amazing blind and partially sighted pensioners from the National Federation of the Blind of the UK - Their film is called 'Sea of Change' and they ask one simple question 'How Does A Blind Person Cross the Road?' 

This powerful film documents the life changing impact new road designs are having on blind people in the UK. This will be its big screen world premier in the House of Lords. With Victor Jackson from the UK National Federation of the Blind asking the questions here in this youtube trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkVfe0I5sbM 

The issues discussed within the ‘Sea of Change Film’ were investigated on the BBC Radio 4 Intouch you may listen again to that programme here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qm4pw

I have just three more gigs left to do this year. Tonight I'm at The Warwick Arts Centre, tomorrow The House of Lords and then this weekend a plethora of gigs and larks in Edinburgh, all details are at the newly refurbished: www.salenagodden.com

I spruced up my website, there's a mailing list to join, a video box, twitter and all sorts now, we've had lots of visitors!

Thank you so much for your kind pledges and for supporting this Springfield Road crowd funding adventure!

Together we are making books happen and I think that is a wonderful thing.

I'm sending you the sweetest Decemberries and early seasonal greetings to you all xxsg


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