Yesterday I was delighted to be the guest speaker at Monmouth Women’s Festival afternoon event. The Festival is from 2nd – 18th March and celebrates the achievements of women both locally and globally. It’s created every year by Ali Green and her MWF team of brilliant women who have pulled together some really interesting events and speakers; if you’re near the area and would like to know more, click here: http://www.monmouthwomensfestival.org/
The funds raised by the Festival go to chosen good causes and for MWF 2012 these are two women’s refuges, selected by one of their guest speakers, Erin Pizzey, who has worked tirelessly to set up and support refuges both in the UK and abroad. Erin has nominated the women’s refuge in Bahrain, with which she has strong personal connections, and the refuge nearest to Monmouth, run by WAIMON .
It was a relaxed Sunday afternoon tea in the beautiful Priory with an interesting and diverse audience of women ranging from 17 – 80 and (and one very charming gentleman). My session was called ‘Being Different: A Challenge or an Opportunity?’ and during it I spoke candidly about my experiences of living with my disability, the lessons learned and much more random stuff besides. I’m still a little nervous before speaking at events, and always hoping that a) people will turn up and b) that I don’t send anyone off to sleep!
Fortunately that didn’t happen yesterday and I was really thrilled with the interesting questions they asked in the Q&A and the bloomin’ lovely feedback I received, especially from the young girls who gave up their Sunday afternoon to come along – thank you so much!
Picture above by Mariette Voke: