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Collecting Conversations

Ordinary people sharing everyday thoughts

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Collecting Conversations is a project I began a few years ago. After my Mum died we cleared out the family home and found 30 years worth of her diaries. Their content - simple, often funny one liners. Her pathos grounded in everyday life. They ignited something in me, a desire to ask other women how they 'do life'. I’ve gathered a treasure chest of insight and wise words from 100 ordinary women and wanted to share what I heard in the hope of encouraging connections through the art of everyday conversations.

The interviews I post are extracts, a peep into the daily lives and thoughts of ordinary folk. I published my first book Collecting Conversations last year and sold out. I have had a second print run. You can buy it from my shop (press the bar at the top of the page) or from Independent book shops, gift shops and Waterstones.

Whilst working on the sequel: Collecting Conversation - Men Talk, I’ve had the pleasure of enduring the menopause. In retaliation I’ve had a minor detour and produced: Menopause - A Hot Topic. It’s available at the end of September.

Collecting Conversations has been featured in Good Housekeeping, in the National and local press. I’ve been interviewed on BBC Radio London with Jo Good. And if you want to see me out of my comfort zone  - here is my TedX talk.