When Damian Barr’s memoir Maggie & Me came out, it couldn’t have had more serendipitous timing. His story of the growing up amid hardships during the Thatcher years came out at the moment the Iron Lady died. Maggie O’Farrell called the book a “work of stealthy genius”; Diana Athill said, “It grips from beginning to end”.
Damian hung out and chatting memoir writing with BritMums cofounder Jennifer Howze along with Mari from Mari’s World (and BritMums blog editor), Karin from Cafe Bébé, Jacqueline from Best and Beyond, and Aimee from Pass the Gin. Some of the tidbits he shared with us:
* The importance of valuing what you’re doing and making time for it
* His experience on writing frankly about family and friends
* The process after the process: why finishing the book is just the first step
* Tending chickens as a procrastination tactic
Watch the video with Damian and the BritMums community for advice on writing
This autumn Damian is teaching a memoir Masterclass with The Guardian. He also runs the popular Shoreditch House Literary Salon and Reading Weekend, which supported by The School of Life. You can buy his book Maggie & Me in hardback and as an ebook.