This extraordinary time of isolation has made me reflect on many things and has evoked memories for me from my childhood, all happy ones. I’m not sure they were such happy times for my parents’ generation, for whom it was a daily struggle to make ends meet and to create as normal life as possible, … Continue reading Lockdown Reflections
Easter in Poland is a joyous family day. After the Resurrection Mass in church, families return home to a sumptuous brunch. The white-covered table is laden with spreads of cold meats and salads, with a centre-piece of the Easter basket filled with hard-boiled and colourfully hand-painted eggs. Children love cracking eggs, knocking them against each … Continue reading Polish Easter Traditions
It is a Polish tradition that on 1st November, All Saints Day, the departed are remembered with a special ceremony at the cemetery. All over Poland families gather together and visit the cemeteries to decorate the graves lavishly with flowers and to leave burning candles inside protective-glass holders. From above, in the dark, the country … Continue reading Remembering the residents of Sulby Camp near Husbands Bosworth
In Volume 2 of ‘The Journey’, I describe the voyage from Palestine to England with my mother Anastazia. In January 1948 our boat, the SS Samaria, set sail from Port Said in Egypt and two weeks later we docked in Liverpool, having crossed The Mediterranean and negotiated the turbulent waters around the Bay of Biscay. … Continue reading A new life in England
Anastazia Malinska was my mother. I based the character of Anastazia in my novel ‘The Journey’ on her. She was the youngest in a family of five and only a small child when her father and her oldest brother (17) were called to arms in the First World War. The next few years her mother … Continue reading Who was Anastazia Malinska?
Anna’s character in my novel ‘Stolen Years’ is based on Anna Majcherczyk. The plot is based on real events as recounted to me by Anna and on my own historical research. All other characters, conversations and daily situations are fictional for the purpose of driving the plot. Anna Majcherczyk was my husband Michael’s mother. Aged … Continue reading Who was Anna Majcherczyk?
Ady Dayman was kind enough to invite me to be interviewed for his show at Radio Leicester. The interview was broadcast earlier this week. He asked me to talk about my book ‘The Journey’ and describe the harrowing details of the experiences my parents endured as they were packed onto cattle trucks with hundreds of … Continue reading My interview with Ady Dayman at Radio Leicester
My generation of Polish children, born during or just after the war, was brought up on our parents’ stories of their dramatic wartime experiences. As I child, I was unable to comprehend exactly what those stories meant in reality. I didn’t understand the horrors they had experienced in their recent past. When I grew up, … Continue reading Why I wrote ‘Stolen Years’ and ‘The Journey’
One of the characters in both my novels ‘Stolen Years’ and ‘The Journey’ is Miro. He is a small child in the first novel and a young adult in the third volume of ‘The Journey’. Miro is based on a real person, who later became my husband – Michael Myers. In the early 1980’s we … Continue reading My husband’s 100 word story
I was invited by Barbara Czyżnikowska to take part in the events organised by Project Polska in Leicester to celebrate the Polish Heritage Weekend (05 & 06 May 2018). As part of the Polish Independence Centennial Celebration this year, Project Polska has been collecting 100 stories in 100 words of 100 Polish residents in Leicester. … Continue reading My Speech for Polish Heritage Weekend – 05 & 06 May 2018