The recession has forced a move from a much-loved house and garden. Claire Hill remembers her family growing up there as she prepares to leave.
Author: Claire Hill
Claire Hill was born in Cheshire and now lives in East Sussex. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the mid-70s. Claire started teaching in London, but also taught in Bradford, Kent and East Sussex, as well as abroad briefly. She has co-authored a drama text book and is also a dyslexia specialist. She likes dogs, reading, writing, theatre, cooking, gardening and listening to music.
Spain under Franco in the 1970s was full of inequalities. Claire Hill spent her gap year in 1971 teaching in Madrid, where she saw at first hand the poverty of ordinary people and met many young people who opposed Franco’s rule – as well as some who supported him.
In the follow up to the account of her early Catholic childhood, Claire Hill looks back on her strict upbringing and recounts some anecdotes from her teenage years in the 1960s, when she tried, usually unsuccessfully, to go to parties against her father’s wishes.
Growing up in post-war Britain, in a strict Catholic household, Claire Hill and her friends were given strict rules about behaviour and dating at her convent school, but sex (like the war) was never mentioned. Inevitably, rule breaking resulted.
Claire Hill finds it a great comfort to walk in the countryside with her dog. It gives her time to think and here she talks about what’s important to her in life – including food, shelter, good healthcare and a decent government – and not forgetting earrings.
Many of us have a sense of helplessness about the war in Ukraine and this has prompted people to give money, offer their homes and contribute help in other ways. New writer Claire Hill describes how a cake sale she organised became a local community event, involving many others in her street.