Last night, more than 50 guests joined disability trainer and campaigner Aideen Blackborough in Great Barr, Birmingham, to officially mark the start of a new stage in her life and career – as a published author. Reading from her memoir, and explaining her goals for future books (including a guide to disability for children) and her equality and diversity training business (Flying Lady Training), Aideen signed and sold books to a long line of guests. The author event, held in her home town, was everything a successful book launch should be: entertaining, fun and celebratory, including live music and a magician, as well as plenty of copies of Does it wet the bed?
Early in her life, Aideen Blackborough got used to the idea of battling for what she wanted: from a place at primary school to a social life at university, a fulfilling career, to walk down the aisle and get married to the love of her life. The latest chapter in Aideen’s life is the publication of her memoirs – Does it wet the bed? Celebrating years of incredible effort, Aideen enjoyed an evening surrounded by friends, family, colleagues and members of the press and publishing industries, to celebrate the official release of her first book.
Feedback from some of the guests on social media included:
“Am honoured to be celebrating the launch of Aideen Blackborough’s first book ‘Does it wet the bed?'”
“What an emotional evening for all of her friends and family.”
“Well done Aideen – you’re such an inspiration, you’ve done yourself proud.”
“You’re a real superstar!.”
Aideen commented: “It was an absolutely amazing night with standing room only. The support I’ve received is beyond anything I could have ever hoped for and we sold out of books.”
Does it wet the bed? is a poignant memoir revealing what it is truly like growing up with Cerebral Palsy and being a wheelchair user. Already available (since August 2015) as an eBook, the paperback version will be sold from 30 November 2015.
In her frank book, Aideen discusses her childhood in Birmingham and the struggle she went through to get into mainstream school, her battles with loneliness at university, moving away from an established career to pursue a self-employed dream and walking, – slowly and shakily – but walking nonetheless, down the aisle.
An inspiring and honest memoir that shows the universality of some of life’s battles, Does it wet the bed? flies in the face of a society constantly trying to restrict the role of disabled people down to a simple case of patient or care receiver.
“Upon arrival, one of the nuns took one look at me, and without blinking, asked Mum, “Does it wet the bed?”
This is the story of my life: the daily struggles and triumphs, hopes and fears when living with Cerebral Palsy.
About the Author
Aideen grew up in Birmingham, in a Catholic family, with two older sisters and a younger brother, all raised by loving Irish parents. Her childhood was idyllic and full of opportunities but when it came to attending primary school Aideen realised just how many of these opportunities had been fought for – tooth and nail – by her parents. Her Cerebral Palsy meant a mainstream education didn’t come easily but her parents’ conviction and her natural academic ability led her through primary and secondary school in mainstream education and finally into a gown and mortar board at her University graduation.
After graduating, and following a few false starts, Aideen met her future husband, established herself as an equality trainer, walked down the aisle and saw two pink lines materialise declaring the start of a new chapter in her life – as a mother.
Aideen Blackborough is an experienced and qualified trainer, with both personal and professional experience of equality and diversity issues. Aideen has a unique perspective on disability and equality issues, which she is able to incorporate into training. With many experiences to share and a lively sense of humour, the training offered by her Flying Lady Training consultancy is both engaging and ‘real’.