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Literary Lunch - Tuesday 3rd July

This lunch will be held on Tuesday 3rd July at 12.15pm at The Old Bull Inn. Come and be entertained by Jude Simpson, our Poet in Residence who will be talking to Kate Swindlehurst.


Tickets £15 to include a buffet lunch and tea/coffee.  To book call 01763 262262, email admin@hsrsc.org.uk or book online through www.ticketsource.co.uk/hsrsc


How do you deal with a diagnosis of Parkinson's? Dancing is probably the last thing on your mind…

Parkinson’s & the Tango Effect is the story of an incredible year in the life of a woman with Parkinson’s. It began with a tango lesson and grew into an exploration of the healing potential of the dance.

Quirky, intimate and unashamedly literary, the book takes an unflinching look at the dark side but also at reasons to celebrate. It builds on research on the impact of dance on Parkinson's symptoms & takes it a stage further, with a behind-the-scenes record of private lessons and contributions from tango teachers. It documents the emotional and social benefits of the dance and its impact on the quality of life.

This book is my story, a story of learning to accept myself as I am but also refusing to be defined by Parkinson’s. It’s about how I found a way of living with illness that is liberating. It’s the story of an extraordinary dance, both exotic and accessible, its history, its music. It’s the story of what happens when the two come together. And it’s the story of a sustaining and enduring friendship.

Parkinson’s & the Tango Effect challenges our perceptions of disability. It is essential reading for those with a professional interest in dance and Parkinson's, and for researchers in the field.

It's also a book for the ordinary reader, for those living with a chronic condition, and for the tango and Parkinson's communities worldwide.