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BOOK: In My Grandfather's Shadow

The true story of three generations knotted together by events that took place in Nazi Germany: a grandfather who was a decorated general on the Eastern Front, her German-born mother and Angela herself.

In a rare confluence of memoir, psychology and historical detective story, Findlay's account of her unflinching quest for the truth about her grandfather breaks through the silence surrounding not only many of the Second World War's perpetrators but also its victims. In My Grandfather's Shadow explores the heritability of unresolved experiences. It questions deeply held perceptions of good and bad and uncovers the lesser-known history of the war's losers, their post-war culture of apology and atonement and the lingering legacy of shame – lessons that continue to be of huge relevance to humanity in the twenty-first century.

IN MY GRANDFATHERS SHADOW IS PUBISHED BY PENGUIN TRANSWORLD AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MID-JULY 2022.

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FACING THE PAST TO LIBERATE THE PRESENT

‘Deeply moving, thought-provoking, brave, honest, articulate and truly enlightening....’

Based on her own research into her Anglo-German roots and Germany’s little-known process of coming to terms with its Nazi past, Angela describes the growing awareness of intergenerational trauma and the inheritability of unresolved emotions such as guilt or shame. Though such a journey into a dark past can be painful, she highlights the intensely healing nature of talking about difficult histories.

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Stroud Book Festival

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Mere Literary Festival

Angela Findlay is an Anglo-German artist and public speaker who has spent much of her career teaching art in prisons. Her time ‘behind bars’ in Germany and later as Arts Co-ordinator for the London-based Koestler Arts charity informed her research into the intergenerational consequences of unresolved trauma, guilt and shame. More information 

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Ebenezer Presents @The Seed Factory: Angela Findlay’s ‘In My Grandfather’s Shadow’

Friday October 7th Doors Open at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start – £15 for seat at Seed Factory – Includes glass of wine and small eats! £5 for a Zoom Ticket! Growing up in England, Angela felt an overbearing sense of guilt and her own ‘badness’. When she eventually makes the connection to…

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Cuckfield Book Festival

I will be in conversation with Julia Boyd, the best-selling author of Travellers in the Third Reich and A village in the Third Reich. More information and tickets here.

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Online Training: Developing a Shame-Informed Approach

This online training took place on 26th September 2022 and explored how to develop a Shame Informed approach when working with groups or individuals. Shame can often be at the root of disruptive behaviours and by understanding how to recognise and safely work with shame it is possible to transform how you support the groups…

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The Chelsea History Festival at the National Army Museum, London

Join Angela Findlay as she discusses the process of coming to terms with her grandfather’s wartime service in the German Arym and the heritabilty of guilt. Buy Tickets

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Latest contributor to The Forgiveness Project’s collection of stories

Very honoured to be the latest contributor to The Forgiveness Project’s collection of stories by people who have explored the possibility of forgiveness in the face of extreme experiences and pain. View Angela’s story here  

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Radio interviews: In My Grandfather’s Shadow

Please click to view a collection of Radio interviews relating to Publication Day of In My Grandfather’s Shadow – July 2022

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Good on Paper – June 2022

Mandy Robotham talks to Stroud artist and public speaker turned writer, Angela Findlay, on the difficulties of her family’s complex past.

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The British Association for Holocaust Studies Annual Conference 2022

18th-20th July at the University of Winchester and online. Angela will be presenting a paper online – Talking about painful pasts to heal the present – on Wednesday 20th July, 3-4.30pm. More information and bookings here:

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The audio version of ‘In My Grandfather’s Shadow’

What an amazing week spent at Penguin Random House recording the audio version of my book. Felt very special to read every single word I wrote to an audience as yet unknown. You can pre-order here

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IN CONVERSATION WITH ANGELA FINDLAY 14 JUNE 2022

One of four live conversations with Sandra Barefoot and Forgiveness Project story tellers exploring the dynamics of shame. Angela shares her discoveries of intergenerational shame within her family’s history and questions – whose shame are we carrying? 

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NEW ART WEBSITE

I have a new website exclusively for my ART at: www.angelafindlay.com.

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EDITOR’S CHOICE IN ‘THE BOOKSELLER’, April 2022

I was delighted that my forthcoming book, In My Grandfather’s Shadow, was selected as Editor’s Choice for July publication Non-Fiction in the bible of the book world – The Bookseller.

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MADNICITY in Venice, April 2022

A big highlight in my TALKS calendar was being invited to Venice to talk at MADNICITY, a one-day Symposium on ‘The magic of madness’ and a fringe event of the 59th Venice Biennale. See my April BLOG  for more about it and the Biennale.

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TEDx Talk

The very exciting broadcasting of my TEDx Talk as part of the TEDxStroud online event on Sunday 21st March.

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The launch of my first NEWSLETTER.

Please sign up here if you would like to receive occasional updates on new talks, my forthcoming TEDx Talk, the publication of my book, art exhibitions and other news.

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Book

Exciting news on Born Bound, the book I have been researching and writing for the past five years. It has been commissioned by Penguin Transworld and I am now working on a new draft. Still a way to go but publication is secured.

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Talks near you

Please contact Angela for details of when she will be giving a talk in your area.

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German Memorial Talk, London on 11.10.19

I am delighted to be part of an impressive line-up of speakers (Max Hastings, Dan Snow) at the National Army Museum’s inaugural Chelsea History Festival.

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