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Reprinted with permission from Oregon Deafblind Project Summer 2009 Newsletter

Abstract: this is a book review of poems written by Nella Black, a 96-year-old woman

who is deafblind. Key Words: blind, deafblind, disability, Nella Black, poetry

The News and Star, Sunday, 14 June, 2009 has an article about Nella Black by Steph Johnson. Nella is deafblind—and this is her first book. The really “cool” part is that she is 96 years old! The news article states that the book is a “celebration” of Nella’s life, “a story of determination and a fight for independence”. Nella became deaf at 3 years old and had limited vision until 12 years before this article was written. For much of her adult life, Nella cared for her mother who had suffered from strokes. She was 34 when her mother died. Nella was sent from England and lived in South Africa for a while—first with her brother and then in a home. She had a failed romance with a man who was also deafblind—mainly because her brother thought it was “indecent” for them to marry! With the help of a friend and a charity, Nella returned to England when she was 48.

“Nella has been writing poems since she was 21, keeping them safe in a box and hoping that one day they would be published. “Her ambition has finally been achieved and Poems from my Life is on sale at W H Smith and Waterstones. The realisation of Nella’s dream has been a team effort from her friends, Oriel Temple provided the illustrations and Brian Rudd designed the layout. Nella is able to communicate thanks to a friend who signs questions onto her hand. “And if the public agrees Nella will be able to fulfil another desire and help others with disabilities because the proceeds from Poems from my Life will go to Deafblind UK. She told the News & Star: “I’m pleased with the book, it’s turned out very well.” (News and Star)

Thank you Angela O. of DBCI-CHAT for this info! / Poems-From-My-Life/Nella-Black/ e/9781438939148

ISBN: 1438939140 ISBN-13: 9781438939148 Format: Paperback, 64pp Publisher: AuthorHouse