So, on October 21 'Inside Out: a life in stages ' was launched at Leeds Playhouse in a jolly gathering of 45 plus with many books sold. It took the form of me reading a few sections followed by a Q and A and book signings. All of it novel for me. Read more
The holiday in Italy was lovely in spite of all the stress of locator forms , antigen tests and proof of double vaccination. Hot days. Meeting up with friends and simply being in the Pergola home after two year's absence. In the evenings, after Read more
Back in Italy after two years of absence because of the pandemic. Here in Le Marche in the lee of the Northern Appenines is a little, lesser known, corner of heaven. Greener than Tuscany and with wider expanses than neighbouring Umbria , Le marche Read more
'The art of transformation is one of the great mysteries of acting, for the best actor is both recognisable as himself and convincing as someone else. Ronald Pickup, who has died aged 80, was an actor so luminous, so transparent, that you saw Read more
I've been away on the Cumbrian coast to Carnforth. The tiny station there boasts an enormous notice " CARNFORTH THE STATION OF BRIEF ENCOUNTER". It's a charming station, stopped in time with red fire buckets planted up with lobelia and geraniums and Read more
Some years ago I dramatised the letters of Jane Austen for BBC 'Woman's Hour'. For a few months I was wrapped up completely in her world and in the doings of her extended family circle whose names became familiar to me. Then hey presto! A couple of Read more
Autobiography or Memoir?
What's the difference?
How do you choose which to write?
Autobiography is lengthier. It's the whole life.
Memoir is usually shorter. It casts an eye over the key events in any life and tells some of that person's unique Read more