They say every author is inspired to write by their own experiences, and for Dundalk writer Susan McGovern this is especially true.
Having just launched her first collection of short stories, entitled ‘Thanks for the Memories’ last week, Susan revealed that it was the very emotional, and at times painful subject of Alzheimer’s that informed the collection.
Both Susan’s parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her mam in 2010, and just three years later her father also.
Susan explains how the incidence of Alzheimer’s increased significantly in recent years.
‘There are currently 55,000 people with Alzheimer’s disease in Ireland and 47 million worldwide. It is expected that these figures could rise to 91,000 and 75 million respectively by 2030. This is the big picture.’
She added that in writing these short stories she hopes to give a glimpse of the ‘small picture’ the everyday experiences of individuals and family members who are coping with the condition.
‘This may sound as if it makes very grim and depressing reading and a few of the stories are indeed heart-achingly sad but some are smile-inducing, some downright funny and others are poignant.’
For anyone with a family member who has Alzheimer’s, the stories will touch their heart, and for those who know nothing about Alzheimer’s, they give an enlightened look at the disease and how it impacts family and loved ones.
(2nd December 2017 – Argus)