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Here I am, aged 50 something (though nudging 60 is nearer the truth), straddling the transition between full blown career and retirement, still ambitious, still wanting to work but in a more fluid and flexible way, and yet at the same time aware of the need to slow down, to plan for retirement, to re-connect with my creative side. And I suspect there are countless others who are going through a similar process. I’m writing my blog as my way of making sense of the maelstrom of contradictions and conflicting emotions. I hope you will join me on my journey as someone who is ‘Nearly but Not Quite Retired.’ And I hope you will share your stories with me.

Life stories come to life at Barton Grange!

ThoughtsPosted by Angela Norris 31 Jul, 2014 15:31:55

I felt very honoured and privileged to lead a Life Story writing session at Barton Grange yesterday. Twelve people attended and we had lots of lively and interesting discussion. It was great to hear people’s memories and their rich tapestry of tales, and the session really brought home to me proof, as if it were needed, that we each have a story to tell. And tell it we must, in order to create our own unique social history.

Among the participants were three sisters who have each chosen to write separately about their own childhood and to compare and contrast their experiences. So while each account will be very different, it will also have threads of similarity. Fascinating.

I’m hoping that the day will have fired people up enough to be able to go home and begin the process of writing their own story – a story that will one day become a treasured keepsake for grandchildren and future generations to read and savour.

One of the suggestions that came out of the session was to set up an informal group for life story writers to get together and share their experiences and keep the momentum of their life story writing and research going. So, with this in mind, I’m looking at organising a quarterly get together for anyone who attended the life story day or life story taster sessions.

I’m hoping to organise our first meeting in the autumn and am in discussion with Barton Grange to see if we might be able to meet there over coffee and a cake. I’ll let you know, via this blog, when I have a date for meeting.

In the meantime, if you want to post comments on my blog relating to your own life story writing progress, please do. It would be great to hear from you.

Finally, to borrow a catchphrase from Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly: ’Keep… writing!’

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