GENESEE READING SERIES at Writers and Books
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
7:30 pm, $3 members; $6 public
Kathleen Fraser’s recently published book, Mourning and Milestones, stems from a grieving widow’s heart, contemplative mind, and passionate wisdom-seeking soul. She is a bereavement group facilitator in Rochester, New York, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MBA and PhD in Operations Management. Kathleen is the lucky mother of two children and three stepchildren, and the grateful grandmother of five extraordinary grandkids.
Jenny Lloyd was born in England, and lived in Italy and Mexico before moving to Rochester in 1980. Trained as a history teacher, she has taught all academic subjects at all levels in four countries! In 1988 she returned to graduate school to get her PhD in History and taught Women's Studies and History for 18 years at the College at Brockport, where she was at different times Director of Women's Studies, President of the Faculty Senate, and Chair of the History Department.
She is the author of one academic book, Women and the Shaping of British Methodism. In 2012 her partner's and her dog Meggie ran away while they were in England, and it took nine months and a lot of help to catch her and bring her home. At the request of many of the Meggie helpers she wrote Catching Meggie the Runaway Shetland Sheepdog, the story of the hunt that many followed on Facebook and e-mail. Three TV channels covered Meggie’s return.
Starting with Fin Drury's autobiography class and continuing with Judith Kitchen's Creative Essay class and subsequent feedback from Judith, Jenny has been writing memoir pieces for over 30 years. A few years ago, encouraged by Sonja Livingston, she began a more purposeful arrangement of pieces covering the first eighteen years of her life, in World War II, then growing up on a remote farm in the West of England and her experiences of boarding school. Last year she published the result, In My Mind's Eye: A Cornish Girlhood. She is very grateful for all the support and feedback she has received over the years, especially from her three writing groups.