Talking about the role of Fiction in Dementia on Woman’s Hour….

On April 1st, my partner in writing, Anna Wharton released her first fiction book, ‘The Imposter’.

I’d helped Anna with the dementia element in the book and also a piece about gardening! So I was thrilled when she asked me if I would be on Woman’s Hour with her. We had a pre meet with the another Anna from the show who chatted to us about the session on the programme. She also told us that my good friend Prof Jan Oyebode would also be on it with us discussing from an academic viewpoint. 

So we were on live last Wednesday…we had to log onto the Zoom at 09.15 to check sound and to check our connection etc and then stay logged on until transmission time which was 10am. 

Last time I was on Woman’s Hour it was for the release of my book with the lovely Jane Garvey but Jane left a few months ago so the interview was with Emma Barnett, her replacement……

Anyway, our section starts around 15 minutes into the programme….hope this works for everyone and you enjoy it…

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.

17 thoughts on “Talking about the role of Fiction in Dementia on Woman’s Hour….

  1. Your woman,s hour session was as usual wonderful, you are so great to keep flying the flag for us all , and may your twinkling fairy lights continue to light up our lives, thank you as always we all love you

    Veronica and christopher

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  2. Very good Wendy. Your fairy lights illustration works so well. You are able to bring the experience of dementia to life for listeners in a way that elicits a rational response and commands respect.

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  3. Just listened to the broadcast and I thought you were all very good! I too love the way you are able to describe things, especially the fairy lights, I will remember that – I hope. Keep doing all the things you do. I am so glad your daughters are enabling you. xx

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  4. I missed the programme on Wednesday so I appreciated the link. Very well done Wendy, I am sure the ‘fairy lights’ analogy will stick in the memories of all who listened to the broadcast and clarify how randomly dementia affects abilities.

    Love Diane x

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  5. Such a good interview, Wendy. I’ll be looking for Anna’s book. Your voice is such an important voice in the discussion of dementia: more people, especially in the medical profession, need to hear it. I will do my part in my community to see that it’s heard.

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  6. Thank you Wendy for all your wisdom. I loved the bit about your coat. My husband has just been diagnosed and despite the communication ways being described as triangular, I fear that in practice it will prove linear. I have been left with a load of paper information. Although we are a lot older than you, we gain a lot from your serenity.

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  7. Good broadcast! All three of you contributed interesting and helpful info. I always enjoy your presentations; you have a way of making things so understandable. Thanks for sharing the link! And now I’m off to find those recommended books ☺.

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