Biographies, oral histories and other commissioned work
Most of us go through life leaving the really important things unsaid. So ingrained is this habit that few really know what is important in our lives, and even less know how best to say it to the people who are most important to us. And yet, when towards the end of a long and fulfilling life – or phase of achievement – we take up the task of writing our story, we must find the words with which to say these things: words that will cement our bonds with loved ones without gushing, repair our strained relations with others without grovelling, and create in strangers a feeling of warmth and appreciation for our life and times. Working with an experienced biographer to write one’s memoirs is a therapeutic process of looking back on life, understanding its phases and transitions and articulating the important events, insights, learning and influences that made you who you have become.
Talk to me, and I’ll tell you who you are.