I am taking the plunge and starting work on my ‘Women, Ageing and Films Guide’. I have an extended knowledge of the filmography and have led enough workshops about the subject to have material to share. This is a long-term project and it is not quite formed in my head. It would take years that I may or may not have: To plan a book (this is not the way my brain works), to write it ( I am not good at it and I can never contemplate committing it to print), find a publisher (not easy I am told). The blog permits me to do as much as I can as I go along.
I am hoping that it will be a resource for women’s groups to stimulate discussions on ageing . The initial group – over 15 years – was made up of my close friends. 3 have died since. The group membership changed over the years and was not viable anymore. I had given up the idea of getting enough women to carry on the tradition as I was satisfied with the number of visitors to my blog. The release of Amour led many women to contact me and ask me what I thought of the film and tell me that they would like to discuss it. I must say also that the fact that Ageing Studies have included my last post on their face book encouraged me enormously.
So here I am starting another group. I sent a circular letter to 20 friends that I thought might be interested and received an amazing 15 positive responses. However the difficulty now is to organise group meetings. Everybody is extremely busy. Some women are still working. I like the idea that if the group works out it will be truly a case of passing on my experience to younger women.
I do not know yet how the group and the guide are going to complement each other Whatever emerges will be interesting. But will I have the energy?