- coordinator of the travel writing reading group
Françoise arrived on the English shores in the 1970's and has just retired. After a life lead to the full between Archaeology leading slowly to Psychoanalysis, she is now considering what to do and where to go. Last year she self published her first non academic book - Safartu : Travels with my children.
50 Camels and She's Yours (2018)
Travel comes with challenges as well as delights, and travelling women can face some special issues. The five of us, whose writing has come together in this anthology, have found various means of diffusing awkward situations, and turning tensions around so we enjoy the moment. For Seeta Siriwardena in Egypt it was the kindness of strangers that helped her. When Sally Haiselden was cycling back home (to Cambridgeshire) from work (in Khartoum) she pedalled with a small cache of rocks stashed in the little basket on her handlebars, ammunition in case of attack by cycle-hating dogs: her dog rocks. For Stephanie Green and Jane Wilson-Howarth, when Asian linguistics caused bewilderment, laugher was the great bridge-builder while in Africa Françoise Hivernel’s contemplations on her inner journeys led to her greater understanding of what it is to be human.
The book is available as e-book from Amazon.
A long, long time ago, she had promised her children that she would write for them some of their adventures. As with most promises, that one took a long time to materialise. However imperfect her writing is, the fullness of the joy in it isn't. The first 2 chapters tell of the birth in 1976 and then again in 1979 of her two sons Christophe and Gregoire and their early life through Kenya, France, Zambia, Italy, Holland. The third chapter, almost 10 years later, is about a holiday, with her children and friends in Jordan. Whilst the fourth chapter is about passing the power, when aged sixty three, to her eldest son during the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro.