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Christmas and Our Family and IT

We are back to that busy time of year where our senses are being bombarded with constant reminders that we would all have the ‘perfect’ Christmas if we bought into the latest ‘must-have’ product or buy the people in our lives expensive gifts to show our love and affection. I’m no bah humbug and I […]

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Our Family and IT at the Book Group

Last week I had the most amazing evening at the University of Central Lancaster (UCLan) alongside the inspirational Amanda Taylor-Beswick. Amanda is the driving force behind the @SWBookGroup which brings together social work students, qualified social workers, academics and colleagues from allied professions to discuss novels which have relevance to social work practice. The book […]

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Back to School

It seems a long time since I was writing about the start of the long school holidays here in the UK and already the new term has started. Children, parents and school staff will have all experienced different feelings as the weeks have passed by. I imagine for some children there has been a sense […]

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Summer Holidays part Three

The summer holidays are getting very close now and I would guess schools around the UK are gearing up for the end of term. In my latest blog about school holidays I am again thinking about what the six weeks holidays might mean to children who are living with a parent who has a life-limiting […]

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School Holidays part Two

Hello, In my blog last week I started to think about the long school holidays that children in the UK have each summer. My first blog was an assortment of personal reflections of how I remember the summer holidays from the 60s and 70s. In this post I am going to fast-forward to now and […]

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School Holidays part One

Hello, Over the next few weeks I am going to include in my Blog my thoughts about school holidays. Here I will be referring to the school holidays in the United Kingdom (UK) where children typically have six week’s holiday starting mid- July to early September when the new academic year begins. One of the […]

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Family life and parental illness

Parental life-limiting illness is not prejudiced and can (and does) affect any family without warning. The consequences for the patient must be really hard – but what about their children? They too are living with the illness, they too have fears, worries and one hundred and one other emotions – but who it there for […]

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The wait is nearly over!

After four months of writing, two months proof reading (thank you to the kind folk who took the time to read and re-read the book for me) and seven weeks at the printers Our Family and IT is about to be published. It has been the most amazing journey and one that I never thought […]

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Our Family and IT

Life-limiting illness is not prejudiced and can (and does) affect any family. Our Family and IT is a novel about what happens to a family when a mother is diagnosed with a life-limiting Illness. The chapters are written by the different family members and take the reader on a journey. IT becomes the uninvited guest […]

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My Novel – why this book?

I have been busy for the last few months writing a novel about family life and life-limiting illness. I am going down the self-publishing route and hopefully, next week, it will be off to the printers! I thought I would write a little about the inspiration behind it. For some years now I have been […]

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