MEMOIRS AT FOLKESTONE BOOK FESTIVAL

JULIE WASSMER

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Yesterday was the end of our book festival here in Folkestone and it definitely finished on a high for me.  I attended the talk given by two very different people about memoir writing.  Roy Moed is the founder of LIFEBOOK that helps non-writers get their stories and many memories down in book form.  They send their researchers out to talk and listen to the person over a period of weeks or months to suit them, it is then written up, researched, edited then finally made into a book just for the person and their family as a much treasured family heirloom.  What a fantastic idea for the non-writers to achieve.

Lennox Morrison chaired the discussion, doing a great job as usual; with many interesting questions posed to our two guests.  Julie Wassmer, a local author from Whitstable who used to write the scripts for Eastenders has also written her memoir called MORE THAN JUST COINCIDENCE.  A very moving story about family and finding each other, I don’t want to say too much and spoil it for you but I bought it immediately as it sounds so very good; I will be reviewing it very soon so look out for that post.

I had a brief chat with Julie afterwards and immediately thought what a lovely person and was very pleased when she said that we should keep in touch.  This lady radiates warmth and friendliness which I can imagine comes through in her writing, I feel honoured to have met her.

Julie also writes murder mysteries which are all set in Whitstable where she lives and Canterbury, there are four books; I bought THE WHITSTABLE PEARL MYSTERY which I am really looking forward to reading.  I am sure I will be getting the other’s straight afterwards.

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The end of a brilliant festival as always, with superb guests; I am looking forward to next year already.

 

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