Update: Since Rebecca’s appearance on Woman’s Hour yesterday (August 15, 2013) this post from 2009 has been getting a lot of traffic. If you want to know more about her, visit her website, or take a look at our collaboration, The Jupiter Project. You can follow Rebecca on Twitter: @gosspoems
From 2009: Liverpool poet Rebecca Goss, whose work I admire, is to be interviewed on Woman’s Hour on Friday this week helping to raise awareness of congenital heart disease. She writes:
To mark the start of Children’s Heart Week which begins on Saturday, I will be on Woman’s Hour this Friday, May 8th, BBC Radio 4 at 10am.
I’m hoping to raise awareness of congenital heart disease by reading some of the poems I’ve written about my daughter Ella. Ella was born with a severe heart defect in 2007 and I’ll be talking about her short but incredible life.
There will be a Children’s Heart Federation appeal on Radio 4, on Sunday May 10th: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00k7qy8
Thank you for listening if you can.
A number of my Ella poems are available to read in the latest issue of Shadowtrain magazine.
Children’s Heart Federation
1 in every 133 children is born with a heart defect. Our vision is of a society in which all children with congenital heart disease can live life to the full because their medical, educational and social needs have been met. Charity Registration No 1120557 http://www.childrens-heart-fed.org.uk/