Last spring I finally turned in my BA dissertation in creative writing, a year too late, but at least it was turned in.
I have had the piece I wrote lying around for a long while, and it is a piece I am particularly proud of. The piece is not written for an audience, it is not written for a reader to enjoy. This is the first piece I have ever written that was purely for me, to help me through a very though period of my life. This of course makes it very fragile and I was very hesitant to turn it as my dissertation, but I had great support from my mentor at the time who helped me shape something that was more a therapy session between me and the computer into a structured story.
After having the piece lying around for a long while, having a few friends read it, I have decided to put it out here. After all it is supposed to be a blog about writing.
The piece is called “She went quietly,” as a kudos to the song of the same name, She went quietly by Charlie Winston, which helped inspire the shape of the story. The song helped me through writing block when the story and structure had to take residence over reality.
So I have attached the story in PDF below if you want to read it.
She went quietly
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
: An Illustrated Storybook to Help Children Cope with Loss and Suicide
Luna’s Red Hat takes up the important subject of suicide, a little discussed taboo topic in our society. Following a beautifully illustrated story of one day in Luna’s life, we get to know how she lost her mother just a year ago and we see a father who is struggling with helping Luna understand what happened as well as coming to terms with his loss.
Through the story Luna behaves realistically, though her thoughts might not be as genuine as her behavior. The loss and the lack of understanding of what happened, has made her frustrated and angry. Her father pulls er through and help her understand is small, clear words what happened to her mother as well as explaining that it was not Luna or any one else’s fault.
As well as containing the small story of Luna and her little family the book ends with an informative essay by Dr. Riet Fiddelaers Jaspers. The essay outlines how to tell a child about such a thing as suicide, and why it is important to actually let the child know what happened.
This book is designed to help children deal with loss and suicide, but I believe adults also could benefit from reading it.
Posted in Book Reviews, Children's Fiction, Children's Non-Fiction, Picture Books
Tagged book review, Children's literature, cope with loss, educate, emmi smid, Luna's Red Hat, Mental Health, mental illness, suicide, suicide-litterature