This is a beautiful picture book for our times. Called Hope is the thing, it was inspired by Emily Dickinson's poem, "Hope" is the thing with feathers. Who said picture books are just for kids? All ages will be blown away by this beautifully written and illustrated book. Best to head down to your local bookshop or library, and get yourself a copy.
In 2015, my book about accompanying my mum with dementia, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical mazeand me was published. What I discovered, when mum's memory was changing, is that Mum and I loved looking at picture books together, often the garden or nature variety. Mum's earthly journey came to an end over a decade ago, but I'd bet she would have loved this book. The rhyme is as soulful as the illustrations.
If you have someone close to you with dementia, and you read this WITH them, I'd love to hear how it goes. You can contact me via the contact page on my website - www.michelegierck.com.au
It's great getting reader responses to Fraying. So many people whose parents have had dementia have written to me, and I find their stories so moving.
Here's a few lines received this week.
'I purchased a copy of Fraying and I simply couldn't put it down. It was like I was reading my own life experiences with my mother... Thank you so much for writing this story for me too. It will remain a most treasured book on my bookshelf and shared with others.'
All I can say is thank you, thank you to readers.
The more we share our stories, the richer the community. Stories, after all, are our treasures.
Author, Michele Gierck, will be speaking at an Alzheimer's Australia South Australia event on Wednesday 23 September, 2015. It's a fab day, all part of Dementia Awareness Month. (For the fine details, please go to the Alzheimer's Australia SA website.)
At 7.30pm that evening, Michele will be part of a panel speaking about dementia on ABC Radio, Adelaide, with host Peter Goers, broadcasting across South Australia. Naturally she will be speaking about her book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me.
How fab, having Alzheimer's Australia VIC endorse my latest book, Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me, as a good read.
Underneath this endorsement Carers Victoria commented: 'It is great. We are looking at having Michele speak with carers during National Carers Week in October. Very insightful and honest.'
As the author, I am delighted by this positive response. (And all the likes.) Great to see that news about the book is spreading.
Refer Facebook page: Alzheimer's Australia VIC, 25 June, 2015
Waiting for your new book to be released (launched) is like having a ticket overseas and waiting for the journey to happen. So much anticipation. Will you rocket down the road ahead, reaching some fabulous pinnacle? Or ...
Well, let's see what happens when Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me is launched later this month. (So far there's lots of interest!)
You can catch Richard Fidler's Radio National interview with Michele, (that's me) on 25 February at: http://www.abc.net.au/local/sites/conversations/ The 55-minute interview will be podcast and can be listened to online any time after the interview.
For more information about Michele's new book check out her website: http://michelegierck.com.au/fraying/
Image and text copyright Michele Gierck
Photo: Road to Aoraki/MtCook, New Zealand