I am cancelling this workshop originally scheduled Aug 20th due to very low uptake and another event on at the same time I need to attend. I’m advised that I can transfer the date to September without loss of the original booking fee. I’d be interested in feedback as to whether people would be genuinely interested in attending such a workshop if I rescheduled to September so please don’t be shy about letting me know on FB, twitter or here. Many thanks!
Glad to see Mary Borden’s The Forbidden Zone reviewed on the excellent Great War 100 Reads blog. The style is truly unusual and remarkable for its time and for once style enhances substance, making a particular era universal. I would heartily recommend reading this book for any WWI enthusiasts – in fact, anyone at all.
Mary Borden’s The Forbidden Zone is a thin volume of vignettes from her experiences in French Army field hospitals during WW1. I’ve dipped into it many times, reading and rereading several stories. But I took over a year to read it from cover to cover. I just didn’t want it to end. And it’s taken a while to write this review since I finished reading it, as I searched for words to do it justice.
Borden was a Chicago heiress born in 1886. She graduated from Vassar College, married and settled in London. In WW1, she volunteered for the French Red Cross, then offered to fund and manage a field hospital for the French Army. For her efforts, she was awarded the Croix de guerre and named Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.
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The other evening I was feeling a bit bogged down and tired and disillusioned. I’m in the middle of writing and it takes so long to get something finished to anything like a satisfactory standard…the usual feeling of anyone in the middle of a lot of projects. So I tweeted for a bit of emotional Gatorade:
Dear folks, If anyone feels like giving me an emotional boost or telling me something nice about my work, now would be a great time.Thanks x
— susan lanigan (@susan_lanigan) July 10, 2016
And oh guys, you were fantastic. You gave me such encouragement. Telling me White Feathers was a wonderful read; that it was the best WWI novel you had ever read (that is a serious honour – thank you!); that you wanted to read more to make sure “the strong characters got justice” (reminding me why I write and what it’s all for) and, from newer followers, that my tweets are entertaining!
I can’t tell you how much it all meant and it helped during a difficult writing session when I thought I’d never move forward and get a chapter finished. Sometimes looking back over my book’s journey, though it’s holding its own, I get a bittersweet feeling. But then to know it’s loved and read, and that my work is believed in, and I DO have a tribe – why that puts the iron right back into my blood. (That turned out to be quite literally the problem!)
I hope I can do the same for someone myself soon. For now, I will keep going 🙂