Tag: University of East Anglia

Link to Joe Stirling on You Tube

The summer season is  ahead and normally our presentations and public speaking events would be drying up.  Not this year!  18 months after the publication of my debut biography Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future (Pen and Sword Books 2016 & Skyhorse Publications New York, 2017), our diary has a further six engagements to September, four in the autumn and three in 2018!  This is mainly because Joe is so compelling when at, nearly 93, he tells his own story to audiences all over Norfolk.  For those who have not yet seen this film, do take a look and you will see what I mean!  For details of how to buy your signed copy direct from the author, do look at the menu section of this blog.

 

Joe and Phyllida visit Paston Sixth Form College

Yesterday, 25th January 2017, Joe Stirling and I visited Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham in Norfolk.  Notable alumni include Baroness Shepherd, Stephen Fry and Horatio Nelson!   We were there at the invitation of Naomi Hardman, teacher of English.  Some students had been studying the play ‘Kindertransport’ by Diane Samuels and here was a unique opportunity to meet and hear a real ‘kinder’. The timing was to commemorate  Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January.  It was a long drive through misty winter drizzle but it was so worth it.  About sixty students and staff members packed the classroom to hear Joe talk, eloquently as ever, about his early life in Nazi Germany.  I controlled my powerpoint slides before taking my turn to address the audience with, hopefully, inspiring tales of studying Biography at UEA, meeting Joe and ultimately turning his remarkable life story into my debut biography – my first book with my name on the spine!  Dreams can come true!  Everyone was welcoming and delightful and we even received a Paston College Teddy Bear each as a gift!  (and chocolate).  We sold 12 signed copies and were treated to a buffet lunch by Principal Kevin Grieve in the Nelson Room of the historic and beautiful main college building. Here we met with eight students, two of whom had grandmothers who had travelled to England on a Kindertransport.  The conversation was lively and informative.  Joe and I both enjoyed ourselves very much.  These lovely photos are courtesy of Jodie Rice.

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American edition of Escaping Hitler arrives in Norwich!

It was a momentous and exciting moment this morning as the postman arrived with my package all the way from @SkyhorsePublishing in New York.  It was my author’s copy of the American version of my biography Escaping Hitler.  Although the front cover design is exactly the same, they have used gloss paper instead of matt giving it a very different look.  On the reverse are four Reviews from magazines and academics – ecstatic to see that – just like a ‘proper book’!  I can already imagine people in Barnes and Noble all over the U.S.A. picking it up and reading the back!  Now I can almost truly believe that I have become an International Author!  Thanks so much to Joseph Craig, Editorial Director at Skyhorse for mailing the book to me.  img_0597img_0599img_0598

HAPPY 92nd BIRTHDAY JOE!

Joe Stirling, the subject of Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future, is 92 years old today, 18th October 2016.  I dropped in to see him this morning, taking him a published copy of this blog, going back four years.

In honour of his birthday, I have now posted a video onto Youtube taken in December 2012 by Roger Hewins, Lecturer in Film and Video Production at the University of East Anglia.  It shows Joe in his living room in Norwich, telling me the story of his early life. It runs to over an hour, so grab a coffee, settle down and listen to Joe’s story from his own lips.  These tales and so many more are told in great detail in my biography, as published by Pen and Sword Books in January 2016 and to be published in America by Skyhorse Publishing next January 3rd.  Enjoy and Happy Birthday Joe!  (If you would like your own signed copy see the menu of this blog for instructions of how to buy).

 

 

Speaking at Norwich Cathedral

Yesterday was a undoubtedly highlight of my public speaking programme promoting EscapingHitler. Not only did I get to talk to fifty confident and stylish businesswomen, but I was actually in the wonderful Hostry at Norwich Cathedral, one of my very favourite places.  The equipment was state of the art and as anyone who knows me will agree, “give me a microphone and I’m away” or words to that effect!  Unusually this time my talk did not focus essentially on the remarkable life of Joe Stirling and his experiences in Nazi Germany.  Instead, my presentation was tailored to my audience @norwichbizwomen. I spoke about the process of becoming a published writer, with hopefully amusing anecdotes from my very steep learning curve as a post-graduate student at the University of East Anglia and with Pen and Sword Books; over four and a half years. My thanks especially to Carole Slaughter and to Lauren, the photographer, from @JarroldsNorwich.  This morning I was delighted and gratified to find that two of the ladies in the audience had tweeted about my talk, one with photographs!  Again thanks go to Carla Morphett @CMMFamilyLaw and to @Swinton_Legal for being so complimentary.  Here are some of the photographs – check out my new short haircut!

 

JOE STIRLING ATTENDS GRADUATION OF HIS BIOGRAPHER!

On Wednesday 22nd July 2015, Joe Stirling, the subject of Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future, attended the Graduation Ceremony Literature and Creative Writing students at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.  He was my honoured guest, along with my husband Victor Scrivens.  Joe had been an instrumental part in me taking the Master of Arts Degree in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction, so it was fitting that he should witness the grand finale of my efforts.  As Joe’s biographer I was proud to show him off to my friends and colleagues.  He and Victor sat in the front row, meaning I was able to see them as I nervously crossed the stage towards the Vice-Chancellor to shake his hand and receive my treasured certificate.  A very happy day.

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