You must remember this …

On this all new episode of We’d Like a Word, Paul and Stevyn talk about writing memoirs and autobiographies.

Joining them are guests Farah Bashir and Auriel Roe.

And it’s a truly international show with Farah in India and Auriel in Spain (and Paul and Stevyn (and Mr Harris the pug) in Buckinghamshire).

So … what ingredients do you need for a good memoir? Does it have to be the result of conflict and trauma or a difficult childhood? Or can it be a story of happiness and success?

Farah Bashir’s powerful debut Rumours of Spring is a memoir of her childhood in the shadow of insurgency in Kashmir, told from the perspective of her teenage self.

Meanwhile, Auriel Roe is the author of A Blindefellows Chronicle and  Let The Swine Go Forth – two novels that draw upon her past experiences as a teacher. She also runs Memoirist, a website of literary memoir writing where people can publish short autobiographical essays.


We’d Like A Word is a podcast and radio show from authors Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books – fiction and non-fiction. We go out on various radio and podcast platforms. Our website is –  which is where you’ll find information about Paul and Steve and our guests.  We’re also on Twitter @wedlikeaword and Facebook @wedlikeaword and our email is [email protected] – and yes, we are slightly embarrassed by the missing apostrophes.

We like to hear from you – your questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you’d like to come on We’d Like A Word in person, to chat, review, meet writers or read out passages from books. And if you’re still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or The Diabolical Club by Stevyn Colgan.

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