A conversation for the NI Science Festival…..

Some weeks ago, or it could have been months, who knows 🙄….I was asked by Belfast born novelist, Jan Carson if I would take part in the Northern Ireland Science Festival. The bonus would be that it was also include my partner in writing Anna Wharton.

It was to be a conversation around our writing my book together, Anna’s imminent brilliant new fiction book ‘The Imposter’ , which includes a clear element of dementia and is full of twists and turns…and how literature depicts people with dementia. Some of you, I know have seen this as you booked on line for the free event, but here it is for those who missed the interview.

This is the blurb about from their web site…

“In this much anticipated conversation, Belfast-based novelist Jan Carson will chat to Wendy about her experience living with and writing about dementia, alongside author Anna Wharton who helped co-author Wendy’s memoir and has recently published her own debut novel, The Imposter in which she further explores the theme of dementia. Queen’s University Belfast based linguist, Dr Jane Lugea will also be joining the conversation to talk about her AHRC-funded research project exploring how writers represent dementia in their fiction. 

We are delighted to bring together three inspiring women for an important conversation about how dementia can be written about with dignity, hope and imagination.

anyway, you can watch the interview by clicking on the link below – make a cuppa and sit and enjoy…..


About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. 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.

10 thoughts on “A conversation for the NI Science Festival…..

  1. Wendy, I have just watched the interview and what a pleasure it was. Four delightful women with so much interesting to say to those of us watching. What an inspiration you all were, but I think, Wendy, that your contribution was probably the most valuable. Thank you so much for telling us about this.

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  2. I really enjoyed this the first time. Very good discussion! I had missed a couple other events I registered for, and have not been able to view them after the fact. So glad your event is still available for those who haven’t seen it!

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