Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Local Literary Feature with @JulieMayhew

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Marie Kemplay and Danny were joined once again by the acclaimed writer and Berkhamsted local Julie Mayhew. This time the three discussed Julie's latest literary endeavour 'Mother Tongue'. Julie sets her novel in Russia and aligns us with Darya, an eighteen year old left grieving after her hometown Beslan is devastated by a terrorist attack and she loses her sister. Darya moves to Moscow to try to start a new life and Julie evocatively portrays the young woman grappling with her place in the world.

Julie described the process of writing the novel as a 'slow burner', she took her time researching Russian culture and spoke to a range of individuals who lived in Moscow to gain greater insight. Julie further explained that the title 'Mother Tongue' signifies a number of complexities for Darya, her experience speaking two forms of Russian, the challenge of learning English, combined with the difficulties of understanding her bedridden mother's depression.

At the moment, Julie is writing a modern stage adaptation of The Railway Children for Eastern Angles. If you would like to read 'Mother Tongue' or find out more about Julie's artistic pursuits, please visit JulieMayhew.co.uk.

Make sure to tune in next month for Marie Kemplay's local literary feature. 

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