The Daphne Steele Book Club

Dreams From My Mother

  • Thursday 28 July 2022
  • 17:00
  • Teams
Dreams From My Mother

About the event

Join us as we read, explore and discuss Dame Elizabeth's beautiful memoir detailing her extraordinary life. Dreams From My Mother is an inspiring story about childhood, race, identity, family, friendship, hope and what makes us who we are. Ultimately, it is an incredibly moving story of a mother and a daughter separated by society, but united in the dreams they shared for her future.

Dame Elizabeth Anionwu is currently an Emeritus Professor of Nursing at the University of West London. Her journey to this position has not been an easy road. Born in 1947 to an Irish mother and a Nigerian father, both of whom were studying at Cambridge University. Elizabeth was inspired to become a nurse at the age of four because, whilst she was in care, a ‘wonderful nursing nun’ treated her eczema in an expert and sensitive manner. 

She then went on to have a remarkable career becoming the very first nurse specialist in Sickle-cell and Thalassemia care and establishing the very first specialist service for patients with these conditions.

Although Dame Elizabeth retired in 2007, she didn’t stop campaigning. Her focus shifted to spreading awareness of Mary Seacole – the Victorian nurse of Jamaican and Scottish parentage who has inspired Dame Elizabeth since she read her autobiography in the mid-80s and she became vice-chair of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal.

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