Birmingham Literature Festival: Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell, written with Anna Wharton
Birmingham Literature Festival
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
Tickets available via the Birmingham Literature Festival website
What do you lose when you lose your memories? What do you value when this loss reframes how you've lived, and how you will live in the future? How do you conceive of love when you can no longer recognise those who are supposed to mean the most to you?
Diagnosed with dementia at 58, Wendy Mitchell was suddenly confronted with the most profound questions about life and identity, but was determined not to be beaten. As Wendy learned to embrace her new life, she began to see her condition as a chance to experience the world with fresh eyes and to find her own way to make a difference.
In this ground-breaking book - the first memoir ever written by someone living with dementia - Wendy shares the story of her cognitive decline, and how she has fought to starve it off.
Written by journalist Anna Wharton, Somebody I Used to Know offers a powerful rumination on memory, perception, and the simple pleasure of living in the moment. Philosophical, poetic, intensely personal and ultimately hopeful, this moving memoir is both a tribute to the woman Wendy used to be, and a brave affirmation of the woman she has become.