Sunday, 25 January 2015

Damon Rochefort's obituary for Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre Barlow)

If you're in the UK, you will know that Anne Kirkbride, who played Coronation Street's Deirdre Barlow, died last week aged 60. She had been on the show for 43 years! Coronation Street is the world's longest-running show still in production. It will celebrate its fifty-fifth anniversary in December 2015. Even for people who don't follow the show every week on national TV, Deirdre has been a part of our lives for a long time in the UK. Who can forget the "Free Deirdre Rachid" campaign, or Ken and Deirdre's wedding, or Ken and Mike Baldwin fighting over her in the street?

Damon Rochefort (my daughter's father) has been writing for the show for the last ten years. I was with him at the Writers' Guilds Awards in London when he got a distraught call from Jonathan Harvey (a playwright and novelist who also writes for the show) to tell him that Anne had died. The writers, cast and crew operate as a tight-knit team and think of themselves as family, so as you can imagine, everyone who worked on Coronation Street was very upset by Anne's death.

Here is Damon's lovely obituary for Anne Kirkbride on Radio 4's Last Word. The writing style on Coronation Street is typified by warmth and humour. His obituary demonstrates that, I think.

You can listen to Damon from 20'45: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04yk0jc
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Friday, 16 January 2015

Aubergine #shortreads

Did you like my short story, Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange? Thank you! Take a look at this video. If you enjoyed Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange, I think you'll like this, too.


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Thursday, 15 January 2015

Dreaming of Books Giveaway

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