Memoir Writing – Led by Paul Dodgson

Date(s) - 08/09/2018
10:00 am

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Paul Dodgson

Paul Dodgson

Paul Dodgson is a writer, radio producer, teacher and musician. Paul joined the BBC as a studio manager and went on to become a producer making programmes for all BBC Radio networks. In 2001 Paul left the BBC and has since written 16 plays for BBC Radio 4 and been a member of the Eastenders writing team. In the theatre Paul has written several plays for young people and been commissioned to write music and lyrics for five musicals including The Nutcracker at Theatre Royal Bath and Nuffield Southampton. Paul has taught creative writing around the world, has been writer-in-residence at Exeter University and a Hawthornden Fellow. Paul has a particular interest in teaching techniques of memoir writing and three of his BBC radio plays have told life stories including On The Road Not Taken, which began life on BBC Radio 4. In his words :

In 2000 my father contracted lung cancer.   One day I visited him at Guy’s Hospital in London after he has undergone a major operation.  As we sat together by a window and looked out across the City, he began to tell me about an episode of his life I knew nothing about.  It was the late 1940’s and he had recently qualified as an engineer with a love of mechanics and a passion for inventing new machines.  He spent 18 months in the City, employed by a Norwegian entrepreneur, designing a fabric printing press they hoped would revolutionise the clothing industry.  As he spoke, it was as if his City came to life. I could see the bombsites, feel the thick London smog  and sensed his frustration at the machine that never quite worked as he hoped.  And that is when I realised how little I really knew about his life.  He died soon afterwards and his stories died with him.  He had never written them down. That’s when I began to write stories from my own life and became interested in learning how other people had written theirs.




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