Isabelle Radcliffe, one of Alicia’s former students, from her years teaching at Trinity School between 1990-1992, declined to meet with me face to face. She did send this email though:
The overwhelming feeling I have when I think of Alicia is jealousy. It’s strange to admit, especially as so long has passed since she died. Not to mention how much she did to help others, but it was how I felt. I was jealous of her because her easy rapport with Mr Ross. I was right in the middle of my crush on him, when she started teaching at the school. Looking back, I know rationally that he just thought of me as another student, but I was a teenager, he was very attractive, and he was interested in my opinions about things, of course I had a crush on him.
It wasn’t just that though, I was also jealous of the fact that she and Beth, had such a close relationship. My parents loved me, but weren’t tactile people, and didn’t quite understand me, and when I saw Alicia hug Beth, pleased that her niece had become captain of the hockey team, it hurt. It hurt so much to see my friend getting the affection that I so craved but could never receive.
I'm a thirty something woman who lives in the north of England. I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, creating stories both written and verbal since childhood. While studying at Edge Hill College, I got several poems published by a small publisher in the USA, and in Europe. I have been part of several writing groups, and done quite a few courses in a attempt to hone my writing skills further. I love reading different genres of fiction, knowing that the best way to develop my own writing, and my vocabulary is by exposing myself to the different ways that other people choose to describe things.
The most recent writing course that I've been part of, run by a published author, included a exercise in which we were challenged to read things that we would never usually even look at.
It inspired me to take up a challenge. Namely to attempt to read at least one book by every author which is stocked in my local library. I soon realised that I was being far too ambitious, especially given the fact that every library rotates their stock too often for me to keep track.
I've decided to instead attempt to read a book every day, starting with a author whose surname begins with A, and ending with a author whose surname begins with Z. It doesn't matter what the topic of the book is, or if it's fiction or non fiction, everything is useful for me at the minute.
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