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They say that traits and talents can lie dormant for years before emerging, and there’s some truth in that. Some families are musical, blessed souls, with little Johnny taking up the bassoon like his granddad (or the other way around); others adept at a myriad other pursuits, but with most folk busy earning a crust, they don’t have time to follow their dreams or fancies (down lads).

But, come retirement, well – it’s a new chapter - a whole new world to explore (arthritis willing). Fancy yourself as: an artist? Go ahead, dabble; joining a choir or singing group? Warble away. Dancing maybe (Strictly’s over-subscribed) but there’s always Morris Dancing…

So, you may ask, where’s all this leading? Well to the Lennick family. Matriarchal (ha ha) mum Joy (nee Mansfield) – having gone through a thousand ball-points and a few lap-tops, and dad Eric – Sydney with a Y – Lennick. Two blood lines with similarities. Of course, penchants and, pastimes can sometimes take an age to develop/ferment/emerge, and so it has been with Senor Lennick

The result? At the ripe age of 87, he has written his autobiography: A LIFE WORTH LIVING: a peep into his past – a web woven in a mostly pleasing manner. For anyone interested in social history from 1928 onwards, and a good chuckle, it’s for you. That’s not to say he hasn’t written anything before…oh no, his cheeky limericks (Lennericks) are known in some quarters…until, urged by a friend, he took a deep breath and decided to tell all.

(Well not quite all. He has developed an odd habit of looking over his shoulder…)

Joy L Prize

Son Jason taken when he was an art student

Eric has three sons, Jason , Damon and Robert, and all three are quick with a double entendre and verbal quip, so it was no surprise when eldest son Jason, a website designer/artist/photographer, took up the quill – OK lap-top – and started writing blogs, poems and short stories http://www.halfbananasblog.wordpress.com (he’s fifty-five so entitled!)

A LIFE WORTH LIVING is being published by the newly formed QUIRKY GIRL PUBLISHING and a free copy of the book will be presented to whoever writes the most interesting/funny/unusual  500 -1,000 words story about their past. It can just be a cameo of a sad or funny time in your life.

EDITOR: Please email me your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will forward your entries on to Joy anonymously for her to judge. Competition closes 28th November 2015. Good luck everyone!

Meet The Author...
Joy Lennick
Who Am I?

Most important 'jobs:' wife and mother to three sons. Hooked on reading and writing from a young age (wrote a simple play in junior school: acted on the stage). Joined the library at seven and that was it; the love affair continues...

First worked as a junior secretary, then secretary. Favourite job: A publishing company, Kaye & Ward in the City of London.

Apart from the odd poem, letter and article in magazines, and one poem read on Bournemouth radio, had various poems published in anthologies and won a few prizes. Ran my own Poetry Club for a while. Published: Celtic Cameos & Other Poems.

Factual books published: Running Your Own Small Hotel, & Jobs in Baking & Confectionery (Kogan Page Ltd., London), Updated two other author's books. As Biographer:Hurricane Halsey (True adventure), Memoir: My Gentle War; Faction novel: The Catalyst. Several short stories published in WordPlay anthologies (one winning lst prize through 'Writing' magazine as the best writing circle anthology of 2012 in the UK). A Group Leader for Creative Writing for the U3A group in Torrevieja, Spain.
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