Wednesday, 14 September 2016

So much to do...

Days are getting busier. Life is cranking up a notch and here’s why:

I have just registered as a part-time student at Leicester University to study for an MA in Creative Writing. I’ll be a part-time student and so it will take two years to complete. I may use some of my family history research as a basis for wider writing. I have a lot of information about the refugee situation in the early 1900s, about the arrival in England of Yiddish speaking strangers, with a different culture, different beliefs, frightened, bewildered aliens. Prepare to read more about them.

I’m in the middle of researching and writing a book on the history of the Leicester Progressive Synagogue. It is turning out to be more time-consuming than I expected (isn’t everything!) but there are many fascinating stories being unearthed. They’re not yet ready to be told here but I may share a few before publication. The Synagogue building is called Neve Shalom. It was named after a village near Jerusalem where Jewish and Palestinian-Arab families live together in harmony. Neve Shalom means 'Oasis of Peace'. Isn't that a lovely name.


Talking of an oasis of peace, I’ve re-joined the Leicester Writers’ Club and this has inspired me to get back to more of the creative side of writing. They are excellent at critiquing and I only wish I hadn’t stayed away so long. We meet every Thursday evening and it’s going to be a haven for me in what promises to be an extremely hectic year.

Alongside the writing, I am still organising monthly talks, helping to run a weekly luncheon club and swimming at least twice a week. So if I don’t come around here quite as often as I used to, then please forgive me. In the words of that creepy guy from the films, “I’ll be back!”

9 comments:

  1. I am very much looking forward to reading some of your research into the arrival of Jewish people to England in the early 1900`s. Some of my family came to England at that time but I know little about the situation they were in. You do seem very busy; I hope you manage to fit it all in! Petra.

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    1. Thanks, Petra, I wish I'd asked my grandma and aunts for more information but it's too late now.

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  2. It sounds as if you're going to be very busy Ros! Still, really looking forward to reading the book which will surely follow your MA, and also looking forward to interviewing you bout the creation of the synagogue!

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    1. Oooh, an interview at BBC Radio Leicester. Thanks, Bridget, I look forward to that.

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  3. Hi Ros - gosh you've got a lot going on .. but it's better to be busy than twiddling your thumbs. Enjoy the Uni course ... while all you're doing is adding in to your whole - so makes sense.

    Enjoy .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks, Hilary. Twiddling thumbs means too much time to think. I get maudlin.

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  4. congrats on being back in school and immersing yourself in so many writing opportunities. Be a good student. We'll be here when you throw us a snippet. Enjoy!!!

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  5. And I thought I was busy! Have a great year or two!

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  6. That is wonderful Ros,going back to uni. I love the sound of your history project it will make a great read.

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