Meet bonnie meekums
Crossing boundaries, from therapist to writer.
I live in Greater Manchester, UK, where I share a house with my husband, until recently various offspring that I am never entirely confident have finally left, and from time to time grandchildren, whose size is inconsistent with their conviction that they rule the roost.
To relax, I grow vegetables that misbehave even more than the grandchildren, walk in the hills, read of course, and dance. I also travel alarming distances every now and then, to visit people I love who have inconveniently chosen to live as far away from me as possible.
I have published two professional books and numerous academic papers. My debut novel, A Kind of Family, was published by Between the Lines Publishing in January 2020, to 5* reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. My joint memoir with my sister Jackie Hales, Remnants of War, was published in April 2021, also to 5* reviews.
My creative words have also been published by Reflex Press, Open Page Literary Journal, Dear Damsels, and from time to time as part of my academic writing.
Blog about becoming an older woman: http://mamabonnie.wordpress.com
Why crossing boundaries?
I crossed classes, when I went to university as an 18-year-old. As a working-class girl in 1950s London, my dad made up bedtime stories for my sister and me, described in my creative non-fiction The Story Hunter.
I crossed genres. Having been an academic for many years, producing professional and academic publications, my creative writing really took off around 2019.
I crossed geographical boundaries. I migrated in 1980 from South to North England. I have family living overseas, and am a regular visitor to Aotearoa / New Zealand.
links to my writing
Dance Movement Therapy / Arts Therapies
My first book, about therapy for women survivors of child sexual abuse, can be bought here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Group-Therapy-Survivors-Sexual/dp/1853024538/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
The second book, about my approach to Dance Movement Therapy, here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/MEEKUMS-MOVEMENT-Creative-Psychotherapeutic-Therapies/dp/0761957677/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
links to my writing
Fiction and creative non-fiction
Debut novel, A Kind of Family: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kind-Family-Bonnie-Meekums/dp/1950502074/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Joint memoir with Jackie Hales, Remnants of War: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XY898VL?ref_=pe_3052080_397670860
SWEARING ALERT: https://www.reflex.press/stories/after-i-do-by-bonnie-meekums/