‘Being a disabled parent is a rebellious act.’ – Eliza Hull
When writer and musician Eliza Hull was pregnant with her first child, like most parents-to-be she felt a mix of nerves and excitement. But as a disabled person she faced added complexities. Would the pregnancy be too hard? Would people judge her? Would she cope with the demands of parenting?
On May 24 Hull comes to Intelligence Squared where, in conversation with writer and campaigner Lucy Webster, she will discuss the themes of her new anthology We’ve Got This: Essays By Disabled Parents. The book features thirty parents who identify as Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, or chronically ill. They write about the highs and lows of their parenting journeys and show that the greatest obstacles lie in other people’s attitudes. They face judgement and discrimination, and are met with questions rather than support. And yet, as Hull says, ‘We still choose to parent. And we are damn good at it too!’
Join us for an empowering conversation that will celebrate the richness of disabled parenting in the 21st century.
‘Moving…the essays are at their richest when the authors describe what ought to be mundane (for example, discussing how to adjust the height of a kitchen counter for a wheelchair) or when they are brutally honest.’ – James Coney, The Sunday Times
‘A brilliant, positive, and empowering read full of inspirational stories … really eye-opening.’ – Anita Rani, Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4
‘Eliza is a legend ― and a great advocate for our community. This book will help a lot of people!’ – Dylan Alcott, Paralympian
Book bundles include one ticket for the online debate, plus a paperback copy of We’ve Got This: Essays By Disabled Parents by Eliza Hull with free UK P&P. Books will be posted within 1-2 weeks of the event finishing. Click here to purchase a book bundle.