You know the way sometimes life is so mundane at times… well mine is anything but at the moment. Not only am I beavering away writing my memoir, due to be published next year, but I do have other significant news.
Last year I was asked if I would take part in a podcast series commissioned by BBC Sounds, about George Gibney, my swim coach and abuser. The story of our search for justice is convoluted and too long for this short post, but the upshot is he was not convicted and ran off to the United States. Subsequently, it was deemed that our testimonies were truthful, but he has never returned to face the music.
It was an incredibly difficult time in my teenage and young adult life. Unsure if I wanted to have anything to do with the podcast, I met with Mark Horgan from the Second Captains media company, who’s enthusiasm for his project as well as compassion for myself and the other victims won me over.
On three occasions we met last year and recorded my thoughts and accounts of that time and the after shocks it created. Some of what we spoke about during those many hours will feature in the series, as will the stories and voices of others involved. Last Tuesday BBC Sounds officially announced details of the series, which will begin in May, so there is no going back now.
Sometimes I cringe when I think about it going live, or kick myself for getting involved, but after almost three decades of the media and others talking and writing about it I think it is time I told my own story.
So, watch out for it. It will be called Where is George Gibney? Here is the link to the BBC blurb on it.
In other news, yesterday I finally signed my contract with my publishers Hachette books. My deadline is mid-May and as I said it is due to be published very early next year. How crazy is that? There is a lot of writing to be done between now and then, but one word at a time I’ll get there.
So, as I said there is lots happening. I’ll do my best to keep you posted and will remind you of the podcast nearer the time… unless I chicken out.