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"The intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way, an artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”
Charles Bukowski, Poet
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou
WRITER & BLOGGER
For as long as I can remember I have written. It started with letters, diaries, travel journals and notebooks. Writing was my way to document, explore, question, understand and share. Words and texts gradually seeped into my artworks until the medium of writing replaced my paints and palette knife as my required mode of expression.
My blogs respond to current affairs relating to my range of interests and expertise: the British Criminal Justice System and alternatives to punishment; World War memorials and remembrance cultures in Britain and Germany and the roles of apology, atonement and forgiveness in individuals and society; the transgenerational transmission of unresolved trauma and wrongdoing.
Since 2015, I have been writing a non-fictional book with the working title, Born Bound. In 2019, it was taken on by the London Andrew Lownie Literary Agency and in 2020 by the publishers Penguin Transworld. It will be published in April 2022.
This is the working description copy:
1st February 1945. Berlin.
A ten-year-old girl loses her mother on the platform as they scramble to catch a train out of the city.
2nd May 1945. Italy.
A fifty-two-year-old Wehrmacht General straightens his overcoat and prepares to surrender.
3rd August 1987. Sydney.
A twenty-two-year-old woman is welcomed into a courtyard filled with prisoners and, for the first time in her life, finally feels at home.
Born Bound is the story of three generations of one family, knotted together and woven into an episode of history that continues to appal and fascinate in equal measure. A rare confluence of memoir, psychology and a historical detective story, we see the author’s determination to unravel her own family’s experiences of the Second World War and to explore of the ways that inherited guilt and trauma can leave scars across generations.
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