Wednesday, 8 November 2017

News flash

I am really happy to announce that I've been shortlisted in the Katharine Susannah Prichard Memoir Comp for 2017. Results to be announced publicly on 4 December. 

The piece I wrote is about my father, and his last days in a frail care centre.  I called it "Going Home". 

Here are a couple of lines from the piece that I particularly like:

These things happened a long time ago and I have forgiven him. I forgave him because he served on navy destroyers in WWII when he was sixteen. I forgave him because he saw things no kid of sixteen should be made to witness, and almost certainly these were things he could not un-see.

And here are two pictures of my father. This recent one:

And this one, circa WWII - in his navy gear

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