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A Gift from Gran by Sylvia Bentley

Please tell us about yourself.

Getting on a bit, well maybe. There’s an awful lot behind me, but I'm still looking forward.

Born in Brighton (Coronation Street) (ha ha) but evacuated to the North.

I married a local lad. We had nearly 30 years of absolute magic. He died. He was only 51.

I married again. Unfortunately it didn’t work out. I started to play Bridge and write. I met someone else. But someone thought I wasn’t here to enjoy myself. He died also.

Throughout life I’ve travelled, Thailand, China, America, Alaska I write of it all and write poetry to my lovely family. I’ve met someone else and we are happy. He was evacuated from guess where? That's right, Brighton.

On retracing our roots, we found we were born within two streets apart. Not quite a 'usual life'. I would have planned things differently, but somehow I know, when I meet my maker I’ll have a story to tell.

What’s your story about?

My story was really how I began to write. It started with a verse although now I have added the odd article and story. I have also began to write my life story.

Why did you choose to tell this particular story?

It’s where writing began for me. The night my grandson was born. I always say I don’t make up my rhymes they just come into my head.

What was the experience of making your digital story like?

I felt humble yet proud to sit with the others and listen to their stories. The work itself was tiring, yet a revelation. I didn’t know I had it in me.

The finishing work was magic due to the computer of course and the wonderful team.

Thank you for the opportunity.

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