Saved by Heavenly feathers
After losing her soulmate to cancer, Sam Hayward didn’t know how she’d carry on. But comfort floated down from above whenever she felt at her lowest. . .
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HOW WRITING HELPED ME TO HEAL
We will all probably experience some form of trauma in our lives. Sam Hayward believes the question is how do we recover from it?
My husband was only 62 when he died from cancer and I was a widow at 55. We had been happily married for 12 years so when I lost him, I felt as though half of me had died too. There are no words to describe the emptiness of the days that followed. I drifted in a void, not knowing what to do with myself. The sadness was all-consuming and I would spend hours just staring into space, or crying into a pillow.
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Don't miss your chance to meet the author
Sam will be reading an extract from her novel Black to White this Thursday at Novel Nights in Bristol. The event (8pm-10pm) will be held at the Strawberry Thief Wine Bar, 26 Broad Street, Bristol Google map link
Novelist and award-winning author Carolyn Lewis is the guest speaker who will share her experiences and tips on how to write stories for magazines, competitions or anthologies. There will also be extracts read by other authors including Christie Cluett, Elizabeth Standen, Glenn Carmichael and Anita MacCallum.
It has been used to represent peace and purity and during the First World War it became a symbol of cowardice.
Yet to Sam Hayward it represents a sign or message from her husband Leo, who died of cancer in 2008.
“Since his death I’ve been finding feathers everywhere I go,” says Sam, 62, a writer from Somerset.
Having had a difficult few months whilst my husband got clear of cancer at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, it is a subject close to my heart. When I discovered that Sam Hayward had written a book, Black to White, in which Susie Chester has just lost her husband to cancer, I felt I had to ask Sam about it. . .
When I was approached by the author Sam Hayward with the offer of a review copy of her novel about a widow trying to rebuild her life in the first year after her bereavement, I couldn’t help but accept, because as a former widow myself I was very interested to see how she coped with the situation in the novel, having also been widowed in real life. READ MORE
Dealing with grief - 10 June 2015 (9 minutes)
Author Sam Hayward, from Hinton St George, talks to Ben McGrail about her new novel, Black to White, which was inspired by the passing of her husband.