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Author Archives: Clare Travers

A romantic journey

It is 1919, the ‘war to end all wars’ has been over for just under a year, and a young woman of 28 is embarking on a journey to foreign parts.  She is my grandmother, Margery Tate, who is going out to Egypt to marry her fiancé of a few months standing, Charles Jennings.  He … Continue reading »

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New year, new beginnings

Saturday of last week and, at the first meeting of our writing group for 2013, we are invited to share our resolutions for the coming year with regard to our writing projects; any other resolutions, perhaps wisely, being kept (or probably not kept) in confidence.  So we pass round the table and mostly the resolutions … Continue reading »

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Finding inspiration and motivation

As readers of this blog will know by now, I am finding it difficult to get motivated with my project and inspiration, rather selfishly, still seems to be hiding behind the door. So I have begun to think of new ways to tackle the problem. I know that it is not the writing but, rather, … Continue reading »

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Blue Tuesday

Joseph Heller wrote that ‘every writer has trouble writing’ and that is what is afflicting me at the moment, not that I would call myself a writer, more of scribbler, and that only occasionally.   But it seems to me that re-reading my letters from Africa and  trying to make a story from them, or a … Continue reading »

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This is your story

When I embarked on the Faber course, Writing Family History, that spawned this blog, there were some texts we were recommended one being Jacob’s Gift by Jonathan Freedland. In it Freedland posed a question to a rabbi about what Jewishness meant to him. The rabbi replied, ‘This is your family, this is your story, this is … Continue reading »

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Missionary in Green Wellies

Living opposite us in Bunia there was a delightful Irishwoman called Maisie.  She had been a teacher in another life and now, having felt she had been called by God, (it happened unexpectedly on a ferry crossing between Ireland and England, where she was going on holiday), she had come to Bunia, under the auspices … Continue reading »

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Our Arrival in Bunia

There is a postcard that I treasure, a picture taken by the photographer, Norman Parkinson of his wife, Wenda, a fashion model. It is entitled The art of travel and as I look at it now it seems absurdly romantic, even for the 1950s. In it Wenda is walking under the propeller of a plane, … Continue reading »

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