Come Home Alive is Penny Pepper’s long overdue debut poetry collection. It reflects a diversity of thought and emotion, resonating with her signature combination of compassion, wit and protest.

SCROUNGER (extract)

I’m a sponger, a scrounger,

A lazy-arsed lounger,

A raspberry in rainbow.

I pose you no danger.

I’m the bottomless pit

Of your pity and debt,

On the sick since John Major;

I’m still on it yet!


Penny Pepper is a writer, poet and disabled rights activist. Her life as a published poet began in the punk era of fanzines and evolved into songwriting and flourished within the early radical disability arts scene.


An accomplished spoken word artist, her one woman show, Lost in Spaces (review), premiered at the Soho Theatre, London before going on a national tour. She has also performed widely including Trafalgar Square, The Olympic Park, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and New York.

She writes regularly for The Guardian and has appeared on Newsnight, BBC Radio 5 Live, Radio 4’s Today programme and was featured on Woman’s Hour, for their 70th birthday edition. She is named in the Power 100 of Britain’s most influential disabled people. Her explicit taboo-breaking book about sex and disabled people Desires Reborn, was published in 2012, and in 2013 she won a Creative Future Literary Award. Her memoir, First In The World Somewhere, is published by Unbound.

Penny is finishing work on her novel, Fancy Nancy.  She likes cats, is a music junkie and once won an Erotic Oscar.

Penny is off on tour next year! Stay tuned for more announcements.

Come Home Alive (link to shop)


BBC Radio 4 – Penny Pepper: Disability and Identity