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Memoirs: Short & Long Lists

Short List: 2017 Short Memoir Contest.

The Long List is on this page after the short list.

The winners will be announced on 1st April.

Title

First Name

Last Name

     

May Sixty-Eight

Tony

Axelrad

Poland – A Pilgrimage

Tod

Benjamin

 

 

Learning How To Be A Lady

Jane

Bryce

New York 1981

Aneko

Campbell

 

 

Imprint

Zoe

Comyns

Baggage

Martin

Cromie

 

 

Tuppence for Your Tongue

Eanlai

Cronin

Safe Ground

Maebh

Culhane

The Master

Tom

Finnigan

What Remains

Barbara

Fried

 

 

My Eight-Snake Day

Renata

Golden

F.

Carlos

Gomez

 

 

Sand on the Mountain

Mary

Griese

Little Hurricane

D

Haslam

Forty-two Days

Gay

Johnson

Jack

Laura

Jones

Elbow Grease

John

Killeen

The Salt Story

John

Killeen

Out, Out Brief Candle

Sarah

MacLeod

Toasting with Water

Tracy

Maylath

Clearview

Andrew

Maynard

My Summer of Larkin

Anna

McGrail

Pay Attention

Paul

McGranaghan

 

 

Sound of Stone

Cris

Mulvey

 

 

A White Lie at Christmas

Eithne

Nightingale

Learning To Live; Not Just Survive

Colleen

O’Mara

Sting

Mary

Pecaut

The inadequacy of crew

Marianne

Puxley

Earth Enough

Janey

Runci

Dear Eilis

Therese

Ryan

 

 

A letter

BEATRIZ

SANTANA

Cool Factor Zero

Jessica

Tuckwell

Look Straight Ahead

Clare

Weze

Lie

Pamela

Woolford

           

Long List: 2017 Short Memoir Contest.

 

 

 

Common Experiences

Geraldine

Anslow

May Sixty-Eight

Tony

Axelrad

I Belong to Glasgow

Gavin

Bell

Poland – A Pilgrimage

Tod

Benjamin

Don’t Think About It

Lucinda

Birch

My Book of Airports:

LHR Heathrow

Mark

Blackburn

A Lady Never Tells

Sonya

Blanck

Family Photos.

William

Bogle

Jamie Paul Davis And His

Three Fingers

David

Brennan

Of Guns and Cutlery:

Memories of the War

Hans

Brinckmann

Battle Scars

Michelle

Brock

Learning How To Be A Lady

Jane

Bryce

Home

Andrea

Burn

Days of Fuchsia and Aquamarine

Debby

Cameron

New York 1981

Aneko

Campbell

Telling Mavis

Patricia

Carrigan

Inklings

Judith

Charlton

Imprint

Zoe

Comyns

Digging Up The Past

Martin

Cromie

Baggage

Martin

Cromie

Tuppence for Your Tongue

Eanlai

Cronin

Oh Canada!

Rowena

Cross

Safe Ground

Maebh

Culhane

Peace Garden

Elizabeth

Cummings

INVADING A COUNTRY

ANTHONY

DANDY

Lost at 15, found at 50:
Memoir of a Globetrotter

Ashwini

Devare

A Foreign Body

Elizabeth

Diamond

Sunday In Navatu Village

Jamie

Dickson

Tantura

Linda

Dittmar

My Englishman

Susanne

Ehrhardt

A Story of More

Anna

Elkins

Terraced Memories

Guy

Evans

The Master

Tom

Finnigan

Break My Heart – A Christmas
Road Trip In Japan

Nicholas

Fitzgerald

What Remains

Barbara

Fried

Doubling Back

Joanne

Godley

Somehow

Renny

Golden

My Eight-Snake Day

Renata

Golden

F.

Carlos

Gomez

Aino Yehudi

Victoria

Goodsir

Sand on the Mountain

Mary

Griese

Two, If By Sea

Meran

Hall

The Bella Boys

George

Harding

Looking for Business

John

Harris

Every Thought of my Reason

John

Harris

Kit Carson

John

Harris

Little Hurricane

D

Haslam

An Emotional Nudist’s Apologia

Louis

Hemmings

Ruby Lips and Emerald Fields

Andrea

Herrmann

God and the Subcutis

Andre

Hess

Tables

Maureen

Hossbacher

Snippets from Enchanted Exile

Deborah

Hunter

My Unexpected Journey

Alex

James

NOW THAT YOU ARE HERE

Sandra

Jensen

Chemopause

Kate

Jiggins

Forty-two Days

Gay

Johnson

Jack

Laura

Jones

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem March 2002

Mary

Kelly

Elbow Grease

John

Killeen

The Salt Story

John

Killeen

Titled

Alex

King

Pocket-Size Stories and a
Few One-liners

Susan

Landgraf

Grave Choices

Kate

Lawrence

Out, Out Brief Candle

Sarah

MacLeod

A Tinge of Yellow

Margaret

Madden

Toasting with Water

Tracy

Maylath

Man Overboard

Andrew

Maynard

Clearview

Andrew

Maynard

Who Will Take This Holy Water

Sarah

McClung

Orange People Tea: A Memoire

Jim

McDonald

My Summer of Larkin

Anna

McGrail

Pay Attention

Paul

McGranaghan

Sweet Smoky Dream

Kathryn

McGrath

My Life With Pascoli

Rosemary

McLeish

Encountering Gorkha

Mary Anne

Mercer

Studio Time

Holly

Moffitt

Wittgenstein

Pete

Morriss

The thin blue line

John

Mulligan

Sound of Stone

Cris

Mulvey

A White Lie at Christmas

Eithne

Nightingale

A WEEKEND

Mary

O’Donnell

“Learning To Live; Not Just Survive”

Colleen

O’Mara

Boots, Bloody Boots (1916)

Kath

O’Sullivan

In the Company of Shiva

Suzanne

Ohlmann

The Intervention

Beverly

Parayno

Family Trees

Cassandra

Passarelli

Sting

Mary

Pecaut

Ignoring Andromaque

Ian

Plenderleith

Halls, Bulls and Mirrored Walls

Alison

Pritchard

The inadequacy of crew

Marianne

Puxley

Earth Enough

Janey

Runci

Dancing With The Dead

Jacob

Russell

Dear Eilis

Therese

Ryan

Red Lurex and the Jesus Lady (2)

Poppy

Sall

A letter

BEATRIZ

SANTANA

When the Ape is King

Peter

Sheal

Disordered

Amy

Simonson

Culture Shock

Keith

Spragg

Bio-Frau

Katie

Thayer

Cool Factor Zero

Jessica

Tuckwell

Water and Light

Hannah

van Didden

Know

Rebecca

Van Horn

Encounter

Rose

van Son

A Huffy and a Prayer

Deena

Walechka

and spoke the language
that I spoke at home

Kathryn

Walker

Good Nite Moon

Tracey

Weddle

Wizards and Wisteria

Bethany

Westwood

Look Straight Ahead

Clare

Weze

Mill Cottage

Hilary

White

A Letter to my Unborn Grandchildren

Stuart

Williams

Forty Years

Mat

Woolfenden

Lie

Pamela

Woolford

Chink

Ruth

Wyer

 

 

 

 

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