Projects

Creative Women

I’m doing a series of zoom interviews called Creative Women . Each of the women I interview has found her way to a remarkable creative life, often after a long time doing other things. They are all women I met while travelling to talk to groups about my novel Uncertain Light and they feature in my new book, Journeys Without a Map.

The series is hosted by the National Women’s Register, of which I am the patron. The live webinars are for NWR members, but recorded interviews will go up on this website when they’re ready. If you’d like to listen to them live, consider joining NWR! Here’s a link to find out more: https://www.nwr.org.uk/about/about The schedule of interviews is on my Events page.

National Women’s Register

My last book event before lockdown.
with the North Somerset Branch of the National Women’s Register

I’m the patron of this great organisation. It has local groups across the UK that “connect women who are interested in everything and talk about anything!” They’re open and welcoming – women moving to a new town have found a way to get to know others through a local NWR group. Some have been going for years and members have supported each other through many life changes.

Until the pandemic they met regularly in each other’s homes – now, like everything else, local meetings are on hold, but keep it mind for when things open up again!

Kids Together

https://kidstogether.co.uk

During the 1st lockdown in 2020 I was thinking about children and parents stuck at home while schools were closed. I got together six children aged between 11 and 14 – my grandchildren and others – to plan a magazine that could publish short articles about what they’re doing. We had a few zoom meetings, they came up with the ideas of what could go into it, put together some of their own pieces, and wrote the invitation to other children to contribute. My designer friend Becky Joynt created a great website for it.

During this current lockdown the project is on hold. UK children are at dong school at home, on-line (assuming they have access to a computer and a quiet place to follow lessons). So their days are structured – their brains over-tired from screens – and their parents under huge pressure to supervise home-school while keeping their own jobs going. The magazine is still up there, if you’d like to take a look. And still inspiring!