Freelance Media Group

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Forthcoming meetings

12 February 2018

Our first meeting of 2018, at The University Women’s Club is on 12 February, promises to be a memorable one. We are focussing on biography and autobiography, with a great panel of speakers, and with so much going on we are aiming for a 12 noon start, with the talks starting promptly at 12.15.

Claire Tomalin is a celebrated writer and multi award-winning biographer, with best-selling works including lives of Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen Samuel Pepys and Charles Dickens. Now she has published her autobiography, A Life of My Own, in which she sets her own life in a wider political and cultural context. It follows her difficult wartime childhood, the break-up of her parents’ marriage, the death of her brilliant journalist husband Nicholas Tomalin on assignment, bringing up four children on her own, success as a literary editor and discovering her true vocation as a biographer.

Avital Baruch is a member of the Freelance Media Group who has taken a chapter of her own family history to write Frozen Mud and Red Ribbons, A Romanian Jewish girl’s survival through the Holocaust in Transnistria. She will talk about this fascinating and moving history and you can read more about it on her website: Frozen mud and red ribbons.

Hilary Townsend, from the Blackmore Vale area of North Dorset, has been a freelance writer about Dorset, its history, writers and poets since 1980. She has been published in local and national magazines and has given talks and written features for BBC Radio 4. In 1973 the house she had inherited and lives in threatened to collapse. In the course of extensive restorations it was found to be part of a medieval hall house with a Tudor extension, described in her book Silk Hay – One Woman’s Fight for Architectural Heritage. Her other books include Discover Dorset and Blackmore Vale Childhood and her current book From Stalbridge to Siberia, an account of her extensive travels over many years, is published on her own Silk Hay Books imprint.

NB: February’s meeting start at 12 noon and the charges remain as follows: everyone who has paid the annual membership of £55 pays £15 for each meeting, everyone else pays £25. If you would like to attend this meeting please email Beverly Davies to let her know.