30 May 2013

'Training and supporting the care force' reviewed in the Finch Manor LINK Summer 2013

Training and supporting the care force | Social welfare and social services / Industrial or vocational training
by Maggie Kindred


Finch Manor LINK is a magazine about News and Views from Finch Manor Nursing Home.
 
Maggie Kindred is the author of 'A Grief Unobserved' and 'Training and supporting the care force'
  
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28 May 2013

Book Savvy Spotlight on Maggie Kindred

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Maggie Kindred*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1 Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Training and supporting the care force'?
My career took me through teaching, social work and practice teaching.
Social carers generally are undervalued by society, and often undervalue themselves. So this book is about helping carers to recognise and value the skills they already possess, and develop these.
Learning should be fun, and can make all kinds of everyday experiences more interesting and rewarding.
 
Q2 Why did you write this book?
I committed myself a long time ago to producing sound practice-based material in a digestible style - particularly for carers, students who have had bad classroom experiences, and the non-academic.
 
Q3 What provided the inspiration for you to become a writer in the first place?
As an educator, I loved trying to make theory 'live'. As a worker, I loved the skill and commitment of care workers.  As a writer, I tried to bring both together.

25 May 2013

A candid review of Derek Smith's 'Wild Strawberries'

"I was lent this book by a friend, and was a little concerned as to whether I would enjoy it. It is not my usual type of book. I mostly read crime/murder mysteries. But I was drawn to this book because of it's location. It is set in part of South Staffordshire that I know very well. It tells the true story of the experience of a 9 year old boy who is evacuated from Birmingham during the second world war to the countryside. I was amazed by the courage of the little boy, even when facing adversity, and stuck in a terrible hospital/nursing home for a long time, he never lost his positive spirit, I can definitely say that I would not have coped so well in such miserable circumstances. This boy came from a modern home in the city of Birmingham to live in a very primitive house in the countryside in totally different surroundings.

9 May 2013

Historical saga that’s even stranger than fiction

Dudgeon’s Bridge
By Adrian L. Youseman
 
The 17th century Civil War split families and towns, killing by proportion more English men than WW1 and WW2 combined. The history we take for granted is littered with the prejudices of originating scholars and the editing of the victors from any given age. History has polished its account to let us believe that somehow it was the birth of our democratic nation, but this was no rite.
Dudgeon’s Bridge takes you through these times.
A boy is born into a town beset by the worst of these troubles and must struggle to make his mark, whilst trying to look after his family. This is the account that’s waiting to be told, for the monstrosity of war creates its children and just like so many of them, the truth is so often the first to be orphaned! ...Find out more
 

7 May 2013

Book Savvy Spotlight on Natalie Mason

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Natalie Mason*
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Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'Poems and Rhymes for all Times?
I am 35 years old and live in Stockport with my husband and two children.
I have enjoyed a variety of jobs over the years including being a sports coach in schools. I currently work as a beauty therapist. I find this works well with my writing and I can enjoy them both.

My book is a collection of poems touching on various aspects of life. It is about life and its various stages in general - there are a wide range of poems that all can relate to.

 
Q2. What provided the inspiration for you to write this book?
I have written poems for my family from a young age; however it was never my intention to write a book at first. I got my inspiration for writing through daily life. Also I am quite sensitive to what others are going through and this inspires me to write.

Q3. At what times in your life have you had ideas for a poem or found yourself writing most frequently?
I found myself writing more after my grandparents passed away. Once I stared, I couldn't stop. It was then that I realised my poems were turning into a book of poems. I found myself writing most frequently at night, I would wake up quite often during the night with a string of words that I just had to write down - otherwise I couldn't get back to sleep.

2 May 2013

Murder mystery on the Scottish Borders

The Laird of Castle Ballantine
By Harry Riley
...a strange and deadly mystery
It is 1964, Leonard McFadden - a brash, young cockney reporter for a national newspaper is dispatched by his editor to the Scottish Borders, to follow up on the strange case of Doctor James Parker. Along with a party of other journalists he attends a midnight vigil in a rain-sodden churchyard by the River Tweed.
Returning to the graveside in the early morning sunlight and suffering from a queasy stomach – the editor's golden boy, young reporter Leonard McFadden, staggers and grasps a tombstone for support, and plunges headlong into a strange and deadly mystery that fate has diabolically thrust across his path.