Wheelchair Warriors

May 06, 2014 by @Webmaster in 0 comments
Wheelchair Warriors Ponderous Maxine lobbed her Molotov cocktail into Kilkeith House with venomous  satisfaction. Big John, commandeering the builder’s digger, has laid waste its extensive gardens. In the near distance the Farm Estate is aflame; rioters wreaking revenge against police brutality. Monica Wormange, head of Kilkeith’s independence training unit, lies dead in her bunker, phone clutched in her charred hand. Her boys and girls, as Monica referred to Kilkeith’s physically disabled young adults, had finally revolted against her capricious, authoritarian regime. Joey Cribb, a six foot five Liverpool criminal and Kilkeith volunteer, had teamed up with local councillor Joshua Mukomo, a political refugee from Zimconga. Together they help residents’ fight back following Monica’s forced medication of Hyacinth for sleeping with Simon, a fellow wheelchaired resident. Rumours about Hyacinth’s mis-treatment, galvanise the community to organise a vigil outside Kilkeith. Following Hyacinth’s hospitalisation residents plan their own just retribution. Wheelchair Warriors, part based on real events, is a story of courage and resilience by individuals too often excluded from mainstream society by fear and prejudice. Published by www.penrose-publishing.co.uk

No Boxes Ticked

May 01, 2014 by @Webmaster in 0 comments
No Boxes Ticked is a unique diary of teaching Special Educational Needs students in a north London college. This year long diary pulls no punches as student conflict, heartache and disappointment are laid bare. No Boxes Ticked explores how two groups of special needs students with behavioural problems, and physical disabilities, develops socially, emotionally and educationally. Each student has potential to achieve set goals nurtured collaboratively between teacher and learner. The pedagogic approach of No Boxes Ticked is proactive, engaging and challenging, constantly pushing students to lead conscious, active and inclusive lives based on choice and understanding. Chapter titles indicate themes, or major events, that week.  Beginning with the startled and quizzical student comment ‘What are ambitions?’ to heartache and high drama, ‘Tricia was raped’. Other themes include a ‘Week of slow breakthroughs’ as subtle changes occur during the second term. Whilst the demands of educating problematic individuals are shared in ‘She’s drained me’. By the third term patient efforts pay off as students gain confidence to function socially and individually. Thus, for the most disruptive student a chapter entitled ‘Sparkle in Dean’s eyes’, to ‘I’ve got the job!’ for a student not expected to hold down any form of […]

Climbing Trees Backwards

May 01, 2014 by @Webmaster in 0 comments
‘Climbing Trees Backwards’ explores a man and woman coming to terms with age and sexuality. The story, contemporary, centres on Robert Corlett and Angela Pearlman re-newing a relationship under different circumstances. Angela was Robert’s therapist in Paris following his psychotic breakdown. Both characters are in the autumn of their years. Neither has led satisfying lives and the narrative examines the meaning of love to mature adults. Losing his second wife to cancer, Robert begins to explore life anew, questioning his inability to maintain loving relationships, his actions continually damaging both himself and women. “Robert, don’t fool with me, don’t evade, don’t lie. Listen to your own voice: where is it? Not inside of you, not from any depth I can hear. You’re avoiding me again, aren’t you? Why phone me? Why pretend, why waste my time, and your own? Speak what you feel, ignore your defences, Don’t be a coward all your life. “My life’s too short, as is yours. Robert you’re a grown man, mature, you have another twenty years, or you may not, don’t fuck me about. Don’t screw your chances with me or with anybody else. What do I have to say to make you see sense?” […]