I found the key to unlock the stories in my brain a decade ago. I’m from a line of women story-tellers in the oral tradition. I write my stuff down because, unlike my foremothers, I can. My work explores the themes of social class, gender and sexuality. The first book I published was a memoir chronicling growing up a working-class lesbian at a time when those categories had different significance. My debut novel, ‘The Saddest Sound’, is the story of a serial killer stalking the north of England in the late 1970s but, atypically, it is told from the perspective of the women victims and survivors. My most recent novel is a queer love story set largely in Paris against the backdrop of the fabulously wealthy lesbian demi-monde. It is the first part of an alternative ‘family’ saga trilogy. At present I’m researching the second book in this series as well as writing some short stories. I’m lucky enough to be married to an accountant, so convinced of my talent as a writer that she actually encouraged me to ditch my teaching job. We live happily with our cat in rainy but glorious West Yorkshire.
Deborah Delano – January 2018
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I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to work with men at HMP Leicester as part of their Arts Festival, developed by fellow Lepus Books writer Alistair Fruish. The workshops I organised benefited both the men involved and myself as a writer.
It was an wonderful example of arts funding put to excellent use in the practise of writing and art to intervene positively in the lives of vulnerable people.
I witnessed some incredibly moving insights from those involved and a commitment from some to continue the work initiated during the sessions as a means of developing a reflective approach to whole life experience.
Many of the men showed profound levels of self-awareness while some simply enjoyed the thought processes suggested and the involved discussions which ensued. A truly inspiring experience for all concerned.
In fact I wrote a poem about it which was included in the book, “Tools Correct”, produced by Alistair and the men to accompany the event.
You can read ‘Banged-up Boys’ here.
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Deborah Delano is also an educational consultant in the field of creative writing.