Mother Hen: A Child of the Thirties

My Mum's Memoir and Poetry Book

by Clive Walker in Life

Brenda Walker aged about 18
Brenda Walker aged about 18

My Mum, Brenda Walker, died in 2020 from COVID-19 and frailty. We knew that she had written about her childhood growing up before and during the Second World War and always wrote poetry during her life - but it was still a bit of a surprise when my sister, Lynette Coates, found Mum's memoir and poetry in a box in her bedroom. It was typed on an old typewriter and hidden away in Mum's wardrobe. The memoir was dedicated to Mum's grandchildren.

After Mum's death and that discovery, we both decided that we'd like to get Mum's writings published. We thought this would be a fitting tribute to Mum. We knew that she had tried to get a poem published in a newspaper but was unsuccessful. And we also knew that she wanted her childhood memories to be remembered. Getting this published achieves both of those and is our last Thank You Mum.

We began the process earlier in 2022 and after, what has seemed like a long few months, I'm thrilled to say that Mother Hen: A Child of the Thirties is now available on Amazon. Wahoo!

We will be donating £1.00 from the sale of each book to a dementia charity.

This heart-warming memoir and collection of poetry written by Brenda Walker has been published posthumously by two of her children. Following Brenda's death, during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, her daughter Lynette discovered this touching personal account, which her mother had started writing in 2011. Lynette knew that her mother loved writing poetry, but finding her memories was particularly precious and something to cherish.

Included are more than thirty of Brenda's delightful and previously unpublished poems. Portraying people and life's events, from the everyday to the extraordinary, her poetic observations will strike an emotional chord, and make you smile, laugh and reflect.

Illustrated throughout with family photographs, this heartfelt tribute celebrates the life of a dearly loved mother and nana whose joyful spirit shines on.

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