Starting to run on empty…….

It’s been a busy couple of months and the end of the Book Festival time for me is drawing to a close with a week to go before they’re finished. It’s been an amazing experience and one I wouldn’t have missed for the world but I’m starting to feel the effects of the pace.

However yesterday was another wonderful opportunity as I headed down to Cheltenham for The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Festival. I was due to be on stage with Neurologist Jules Montague and we were to be interviewed by journalist Julia Wheeler.The title of our session was:

Do Memories Make Us What We Are?

I’ve done a couple of things with Jules, I think!. On stage at Bradford Festival and a radio interview for BBC Radio Scotland, but I might be wrong.

It was the most glorious autumnal misty morning. I wish I could have got a piccie from the taxi as we travelled through the Westwood but the windows were steamy and uncooperative🙄. But I managed to get this one at the start of the trundle from Beverley

And it was a beautiful morning over the Humber

I only had 7 minutes at Sheffield to get my connection so it was a stressful first part of the journey and as the 7 minutes dwindled down to 2……😱 but my trusty app told me my connecting train was also running 5 minutes late. Thank goodness for technology! So as I wobbled onto the platform, the train duly pulled in🙄

I was met at Cheltenham station by a wonderful Festival driver holding a card with my name. He was so kind and took me into the Writers Tent where I met up with Jules Montague and her publicist. We had a much needed cuppa or three before being shown to the venue tent and having a sound check.

All the rest is written back at the hotel the detail is beginning to fade but I’ll do my best….

Back in the cuppa tea tent I had another before Julia Wheeler arrived and we were shown back to the Green room in the event tent. We were suddenly told it was full😳 so 500 people were making their way to their seats❤️

Julia was a wonderful person to be interviewing us and we went with the flow. We decided beforehand that I would read two passages, which I duly did.

I remember much laughter amongst the seriousness and the combination of me and Jules worked well.

There were many questions at the end before I finished off with my favourite piece from the book – the Billy story. The audience were so warm and wonderful in their applause, laughter and appreciation. Me and Jules were shown to the Waterstones tent to do a book signing. One lovely girl went to get me a cuppa as the queue stretched outside the tent😳 I remember a huge range of emotions with tears, thanks and laughter…..so overwhelmingly wonderful.

People were just so kind in their comments. I remember going back to the writers tent feeling very happy and warm inside.

Jules had to leave for her train but I was lucky enough to be staying the night. They’d got me a ticket for Pam Ayres an hour later. I might not be able to read novels but her poetry is wonderful. It was in a venue a little way into town. On my way I was stopped and thanked by so many kind people it was overwhelming. I nearly gave up trying to find the venue but Ellie from the team came across me and took me there – she also sorted someone bringing me back😍.

Pam Ayres was sooooooo funny. I’m so glad I went. Someone walked me back to the writers tent and I found a driver waiting to take me to my hotel……how lovely.

I felt thoroughly overwhelmed and spoilt by todays event. It might have been stressful getting here but it was soooo relaxed due to the sheer kindness of others once I arrived…..


I can only write Wendyx with any consistency but no one seemed to mind…

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

8 thoughts on “Starting to run on empty…….

  1. Aww Wendy just wish I could meet and hug you, your amazing! It’s lovely that you say yes to all the invites. But please remember to have some free time. Anna x

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      1. I will! I sometimes work with Pat Sikes’ students and she says to say Hi to you on her behalf – unfortunately she can’t be there on Saturday. x

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