A Night In with Dame Elizabeth Anionwu
To mark the paperback publication of Dreams From My Mother
Join Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu to celebrate the publication of her new book, Dreams From My Mother, as she shares how she overcame a background of shame, stigma, and discrimination, to become one of the UK's greatest ever nurses, and the first ever sickle cell nurse specialist.
It’s 1947 and a sheltered Catholic girl is studying Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the first one in her family to go to university - and then she discovers that she’s pregnant. The father is also a student at Cambridge, studying law. And he is black. Despite pressure to give up her baby for adoption, the young mother has big dreams for her child's future.
Recently named a BBC 100 Women of the Year 2020 and awarded a Damehood, Anionwu has continued her work throughout her retirement. In conversation for this virtual event, she will explore dual heritage, how an Irish girl became a Nigerian woman, and how discovering a true and total sense of identity brought acceptance, peace and joy. Anionwu will also touch on broader, contemporary issues she is passionate about, such as her political awakening and how Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on Black and Asian communities.
Don’t miss this powerful and compelling event as Anionwu shares her inspiring story about childhood, race, identity, family, friendship, hope and what makes us who we are.