Heather Rosser

Novelist, Memoirist and Educational Author

© 2013 Heather Rosser

In 1912 my great-grandfather, Humphrey Dyke, built a house near Llangelynnin Old Church above Conwy which remained in the family until the 1970s. The inspiration for my novel came from my mother Hazel’s memoir which she began following a trip to the family home in North Wales shortly before she died in 1999.

Hazel wrote: ‘Where to begin? I think perhaps the church half-buried in the trees at Rowen, a little village in the Conwy Valley and my mother who was buried there 75 years ago. The trees have grown up around the churchyard but nothing has changed in this little corner of Snowdonia.’

Staff at Llandudno Museum were particularly helpful when I was researching the town and surrounding area during the First World war.

Writing memoir

Growing up in the Mandara Mountains of NE Nigeria grew from research for my article ‘Pregnancy and Childbirth among the Gude’ published in 1979. My eldest daughter, Melinda, was only five weeks old when we flew from London to Nigeria. She often accompanied me on visits to traditional chiefs and healers who I visited as part of my research.

Researching Family History

Talks and Workshops

15/01/14  Kennington writers group  Memoir writing workshop

05/06/14  Writers in Oxford   Writing historical narrative

28/06/14  West Oxford Centre  WW1 street party to launch In the Line of Duty

30/06/14  Botley W.I.   First World War in fiction

10/07/14  Sunningwell W.I.   Writing fiction from fact

11/08/14  Fairfield Residential home  Writing memoir

18/08/14  Headington library  WW1 novel and short story set in Headington

03/11/14  Kennington library  Background to In the Line of Duty

27/01/15  West Oxford Centre  White Feathers in First World War

28/01/15  Faringdon Women’s Fellowship Voluntary societies in WW1

20/04/15  Faringdon W.I.   Writing family history

26/06/15  Fairfield Residential home  Writing memoir

03/02/16  Kennington library  Life Writing

10/02/16  Faringdon Women’s Fellowship Short story: In Time for the Wake

09/06/16  Market Rasen U3A  Families in First World War

12/06/16  Worcester literary festival  How to get your novel published

21/06/17  Farringdon Historical Society White Feathers in the First World War

06/09/17  Kennington Library Writing short stories