Pandemic 2020 – Some Memoiring
On March 30, 2020, I wrote a blog about How To Write Memoir During Lockdown. My advice was only to write if you feel able and not to succumb to Pandemic Productivity Pressure. I implored folks not to write about anything traumatic when we don’t have our usual routines and people around to ground us and…
VEDay 75 – Lest We Forget
One of our great nieces, Libby, aged six, interviewed her great grandmother, GG, about VE Day 75. GG stands for Great Grandmother and is my mother, Maureen Smith MBE.GG is 80 and self-isolating due to Covid-19, so Libby spoke to her over the telephone.The whole family was proud of Libby for taking the time to…
How To Write a Memoir During Lockdown
I’ve been enjoying Twitter these last few weeks. I have found so much sense there, and positivity. Not blind positivity, but a cheeriness, kindness, love and a desire to support one another. Of course we curate our own Twitter feeds by choosing the people we follow. And not that this has inoculated me from the…
Living With Schizophrenia – Book Launch
Your Memoir author Jill Delahunty enjoyed a sweet and intimate book launch at the Tankerton Arms yesterday evening. Jill’s very special memoir is called Living With Schizophrenia. It was written, mainly, by Jill’s younger sister Christine who developed the mental illness when she was 15.
The Time Of My Life – Patrick Swayze’s memoir
I found Patrick and Lisa’s
memoir, written when they knew he was dying, published in 2009, and called, of course, The Time Of My Life. Patrick Swayze was so much more than “just” a celebrity, and so much more than “just” Johnny Castle.
The highs and lows of writing a memoir
In September 2019, Jane Bloom from Framlingham, Sussex, self-published her book Nannie, a memoir by Jane Bloom. Jane and I had been working together, editing her work since February 2017. Here, she shares her experience and feelings on the process. “In 1987 I joined a writing group. I have always enjoyed writing and the monthly…
The unexpected gifts of writing a memoir
Those of you that have read my memoir writing guide, will have read passages from Sally Woodmansee’s memoir The Simple Philosophy Of Heaven, a true story of the unbreakable bond between mother and son. The book tells the story of Sally’s son, Tony, from Kent, in the South-East of England. Tony was 20 when, on October…
Remembrance Day 2019
This summer, my father told me about his mother’s brother, Michael Ryan, who served as a rifleman with B Company, 2nd Batallion, Royal Ulster Rifles.
Should I write my memoir as a novel?
An interview with Teri Case, author of the life-inspired, award-winning novel Tiger Drive. I am regularly contacted by potential memoirists who are wondering whether they should write their memoir as a novel. Sometimes they want to tell their story but not have it associated directly with them. Other times they want to write about people…
You Got Me Memoiring!
I held my first Zuihitsu Saijiki Memoir Writing class in Whitstable last week. It was such a lovely evening. I loved meeting all the writers and hearing their different reasons for coming along. There was a very peaceful atmosphere and, as always, unexpected treasure was unearthed.