Family Stories: Leaving a Legacy of Words

e-Grandma4girlsEvery family has them: stories of Great-Uncle Harold’s time in the trenches of WWI, Grampa’s side trip into bootlegging during Prohibition, Aunt Helen’s wanderlust that took her around the globe twice, Grandma’s ground-breaking work as the first female at Lockheed Aeronautics during WWII. These are the stories that may only get trotted out once a year or so, maybe at Christmas or the infrequent family reunion, but otherwise stay hidden away in shoeboxes at the back of closets or in the dimly-lit corners of an oldster’s mind.

And very often, the story and its teller are, eventually, lost for all time. Why? Because the stories don’t get written down.

There’s a Mandinka proverb that says every time an old person dies, it’s as if a library has burnt down. Continue reading “Family Stories: Leaving a Legacy of Words”

Video Trailer: The Disappearing Man

Disappearing Man  CoverThe Disappearing Man
by Doug Peterson

In 1849, Henry Brown mailed himself to freedom.

With the help of two friends, this Virginia slave was sealed inside a wooden box and shipped from Richmond to Philadelphia, a harrowing 27-hour ordeal at the mercy of cargo handlers and rogues of all sorts. The Disappearing Man is based on a true story—one of the most incredible escape attempts in the history of the Underground Railroad. It was the ultimate disappearing act.

The Disappearing Man is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble and Apple iTunes.

Kingston University London’s Short Biography Competition

Kingston University in London is pleased to announce a new competition for short innovative biographical writing designed to lead to publication by Kingston University Press Ltd.

Closing Date: Post-marked by midnight Friday 10 February 2012

Entry Fee: £20 per item

Each entry to be a maximum 35,000 words (judges will favour those under 30,000 words)

You may submit multiple entries, provided the £20 entry fee is paid for each

The author of winning manuscript or manuscripts will be published by Kingston University Press *

For more information, please visit their website.

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