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Local Novelist Embraces National Carers Week Posted On 04 June 2021

Chichester based writer Kate Mosse has launched a book about her experiences as a carer to mark the celebration

 

The novelist has released eight novels & short story collections, including the No. 1 bestselling ‘The Burning Chambers Series’. Kate is also the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction – the largest annual celebration of women’s writing in the world – and sits on the Executive Committee of Women of the World. But it’s her new personal release which has got people talking.

The novel entitled An Extra Pair of Hands, is Kate’s most intimate piece of writing, and focuses on Kate telling ‘her own personal story of finding herself a carer in middle age: first, helping her heroic mother care for her beloved father through Parkinson’s, then supporting her mother in widowhood, and finally as ‘an extra pair of hands’ for her 90-year-old mother-in-law’.

The official statement on Kate’s website goes on to describe this novel as ‘A story about the gentle heroism of our carers, about small everyday acts of tenderness, and finding joy in times of crisis’.

Kate revealed to the Mid Sussex Times that she was approached to write this novel by the Wellcome Trust, a charitable foundation focused on health research. When explaining why she decided to go ahead with the book, she revealed, ‘First of all, I consider being a carer to be a great privilege. It can be very tough and it can be very sad, but I wanted the chance to talk in a very, very positive way about what it means to be a carer. And I also wanted to help to try to change the language around ageing. Often the discussion around getting older is delivered in a very negative way. It needs to be much more positive’.

And fans of the writer will be able to gain a deeper insight into the creation of this novel, because Kate will be speaking to Sussex Newspapers group arts editor Phil Hewitt in a special event in The Brasserie at Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) on Thursday, June 10 at 6pm. Tickets for this special event will be available for £5, with proceeds to support the CFT’s work with local charity Dementia Support.

Carers week is to take place between the 7th-13th June 2021, and has been created to highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities. If you want to find out how you can get involved with this week-long celebration, then please visit https://www.carersweek.org/?cmp=voices

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