What did you do during the Pandemic?  Answer:  I wrote Telling Stories, my next book which will hopefully be published next year.


During that year I finally found the space, place and time to write an account of my search for my birth family.  It turned out to be a much more complicated book than I first imagined, comprising of a huge variety of texts:  original source documents like my adoption file; historical research; case notes and reflections from my professional career; letters and email correspondence; and extracts from the poetry diary I kept of my search from the very first day I sent off the form requesting my original birth certificate.

Wrapped around all these sources was the landscape in which I gardened, planted and walked every day.  As I coaxed foxglove seedlings into life or hid for a glimpse of a hare, the natural world  taught me new lessons on the old dilemmas which surround adoption:  loss, genetics, nature v nurture, the quality of resilience.  The morning pages I wrote that year bring this understanding to the book and front each chapter.


A few years ago, I wrote a piece for the Guardian about the search for my birth mother.  A lot has happened since then, but this may give you some insight into Telling Stories.  Guardian Family 28.3.15