Book Review / The Twelfth Raven by Doris Brett
“The Danish writer Isak Dineson wrote that ‘All sorrows can be borne if you put them in a story’.” In her second memoir, poet and psychologist Doris Brett turns personal tragedy into a story of resilience and determination, as she once again navigates the journey from life-threatening illness to recovery. She likens the experience to […]
Book Review / Once, Only The Swallows Were Free by Gabrielle Gouch
“Ultimately, the real treasure in this book is Romania: its allies and enemies; freedom and oppression; natural beauty and heartbreaking tragedy. ”
Sarah Morton reviews Once, Only The Swallows Were Free by Gabrielle Gouch.
Writers On Writing / Noeline Kyle on Writing Family History
The chronicler of family stories begins the writing and publishing journey with many years of research. I have found that research of many diverse records has been important for writing a memoir of my own childhood: some of the most interesting and useful are school records. I have been able to trace some of the […]
Book Review / Mugshots by Barry Oakley
Author Barry Oakley’s memoir Mugshots takes the reader on a journey through his life, from his childhood at the Christian Brothers in 1938 to uncertain career paths that aren’t quiet right for him. But among the jobs he lands and doesn’t enjoy or prosper at (although it must be said, the range of job positions […]
Writers On Writing / So You’ve Got a Story – Now What?
Most people have an interesting life story or family history and many toy with the idea of writing it – someday. Initially there are more questions than answers. Where to start? How to tell the story? What to include or leave out? What period should it cover? It can be overwhelming. Amanda Hampson, author of […]
Writers On Writing / Mary Moody Talks Writing
We caught up with Mary Moody recently and spoke with her about how she writes, and the balancing act that comes with writing memoir. In The Long Hot Summer you describe the experience of sequestering yourself in a hotel to write, which sounded quite necessary at the time. Does your writing practice differ according to […]