At our meeting on 30th November, we welcomed self-published author and blogger, Virginia Burges.
She talked to us about her book ‘The Virtuoso’ and gave us her advice for budding authors on how to write unforgettable fiction. With her engaging tone and useful visual props, we were all fascinated by her writing journey and the way to do it, some of us may even start penning a novel in our spare time!
She also told us she is hoping to make a film out of her book, having already worked on creating a soundtrack for her book – a first for an author. It aims to summarise the book through music. You can listen to the track here:
We were delighted to welcome Jackie Jarvis to the first of our October meetings. After years of pushing hard for results in her business life, (as a business owner and coach) our speaker Jackie Jarvis felt the urge to do something completely different.
Over the last 2 years she has walked over 900 miles of two of the famous Camino’s to Santiago de Compostella (in Spain).
This experience allowed her to hear what she calls her ‘Voice of Slow’. It is these powerful messages she now feels compelled to share to benefit us all.
Such a thought-provoking and inspiring talk with lessons to be learnt for everyone. Thanks Jackie!
Jackie is also currently working on her book ‘In Pursuit of Slow’ which is due to be release next year. We hope to have her back to tell us more about lessons in how to stress less, be happier and accomplish more. For more information, visit the In Pursuit of Slow website.
Earlier this month, we were pleased to have Lauren from our chosen charity this year, Helen & Douglas House, come and talk to us about the charity and the amazing work they do.
Lauren gave us a history of the charity and told us more about the work they are involved in currently, such as their 2016 Appeal to raise awareness of the charity across Oxfordshire. They also work closely with hospitals where patients are involved in car accidents where they suffer from life-shortening conditions and the hospital can’t accommodate them for a long period of time.
We have also been invited to look around the hospice to better understand about the work they do and see all the amazing equipment they use to cater for each of their patients, such as the water-bed mattress for the comfort of guests and a sensory room.
We are really looking forward to working with them!