Wife, mother, grandmother, retired Consultant Psychiatrist and embedded within them all is 'me'!
I always wanted to write. Now I have the time.
I was once asked, 'What would you have chosen to do, if you had been able to do just what you liked?'. I answered, without needing to think ' I would have liked to be a writer'.So, I suppose I always wanted to write - but I just never did. I had other things to do which took all my time and effort. Now, quite truthfully, writing seems to take no effort, but it does need plenty of time. No wonder I couldn't do it before, but, neither would I have been able to write what I do write without those many years of being a mother and a doctor and all my work and experience. The time is now right.
Briefly, I had a difficult childhood, being allergic to dust mites before the vacuum cleaner or electricity were available in our village. So, I wheezed, coughed, sneezed and puffed my way slowly through my childhood.
However, being of fairly strong mettle, as becomes a Yorkshire lass, I decided to become a doctor. I qualified from Edinburgh Medical School in 1962. Subsequently, I married and was busy as a mother for several years - which, I have to say were the most rewarding and most important of any of my life. I loved looking after my children, knowing them and teaching them their first lessons in life and living. However, those years passed and they had to go to school for several hours per day and so I followed my career, fitting work in to suit the children's school hours (not the other way round),
I eventually worked for 35 years as a psychiatrist. I would probably be working still, but ill health once again found me, and I had to retire when I was 68 years after a catastrophic near death experience when a lung burst and I eventually stopped breathing! Miraculously, and with more than medical help, I survived with my brain intact. I hope that experience will never need to be repeated until my final exit is due.
But, there are silver linings, and now,14 books later ( and counting), I have never stopped writing since I first started seven years ago, following my 'return to life' and during a long, slow but gradual recovery. In my few hours sojourn in another plane, while unconscious, I was told to 'go back and write what you know'. So, willingly, I do so. I have to say that I would like people to read what I write, and, as I was instructed to do so, I think, one day, they will. I have the ability to write, but no training or knowledge of marketting, so, maybe a different intervention will assist that process.
My poetry books are the distilled experience of my life and work - and, as I cannot continue physically in my chosen field of psychotherapy any longer, I continue in this different medium. Oddly enough, I do not miss work at all. Like all work it had its down side - the worries and concerns regarding patients, the tiredness of long hours, and the clock watching of appointments etc. Now,it doesn't matter what day it is and the days are free to be filled how I wish.
I have written poems for all ages, Poems for 3-7 years, Growing up and Coping with illness and grief for 7-12 years, Choice for Teenagers, and my books for older readers are Daily Life, From Darkness to Light (the ultimate intention of my psychotherapeutic work), A Spiritual Journey (personal experience of near fatal illness and 'beyond'), Kaleidoscope BOOK 1 and BOOK 2, Facing each day, Poems in times of grief. 'Twilight Years' is a favourite of mine - a book for 'old folks' like me, written with a wry smile!My last, and possibly my final poetry book, is called 'Glimpses' - vignettes of experience and daily life. As with Twilight years, these are relevant to old age, but these experiences apply to any adult age.
My book Beyond Mercy is the first of a series of past life stories This is set in the 15 th century with links to the present and the future. It is a story of devastation of a family but also of love, devotion and ultimately , hope. I believe the story will be proven to be true. The information for this book came directly from my inner 'link' and I have done no research.
This book has a 'book within a book' i.e a past life story and a modern 'link' story. Recently, 2014, I have published the past life story as a stand-alone book - as 'Richard Shaw's Legacy'- 388 pages as contrasted to the 558 pages of Beyond Mercy.
Beyond Mercy is the first of, I hope and expect, many such books. I shall complete them as/when I have the complete picture (as happened in Beyond Mercy). At present I have many snippets of information with, at present, gaps in the knowledge. The information 'appears' in unrelated fragments - I piece them together to make a coherent 'whole' like doing a jigsaw of thousands of pieces. Now I know why I always love doing a few thousand piece jigsaws over many months. Everything has a purpose! Another past life novel is almost complete - since 2004, but,I do not know where to end it. The reason is that there may be a sequel, and the ending of the first book depends on whether I write the sequel or not, and that depends if I know the whole truth! It will be completed, one day.
I hope all who read my poems and book find something of worth for themselves in the words and meanings and that they enjoy the reading as much as I enjoyed the writing.
My most challenging task was to prepare my books as ebooks. Having read about the formats etc etc the mystery was solved and. All are now available from Amazon.co.uk and www.amazon.com - ebooks - search Audrey Coatesworth and via the Amazon Kindle store -search 'Audrey Coatesworth'.
I feel I had no alternative but to embrace technology, as the world is moving on apace in so many ways, though moving backwards in others. I have created websites - MY BOOKS is one of these, and I use these to advertise and sell ( or link to sell in USA) my books.
I have also, with great pleasure, created several other websites- most can be found by google search of 'Audrey Coatesworth'.
One is a website especially for children at Primary School Poems. This is an ongoing, cumulative project, now with very many webpages. The site was originally intended to introduce children to my poems and books - but it has gradually developed into much more with stories, poems, audios, videos, topics of interest, unusual pets etc.- all to entertain, interest and, in many ways, to educate.
I have young grandchildren and teenage grandchildren, who contribute and give me ideas for content - e.g my most recent pages of 'how to spell', intended to help children, who struggle with spelling, to learn in an effective and fun way. During my years of work as a psychotherapist, I studied 'how people think ' via Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) so that I could increase my understanding of how best to help my patients. I have used this knowledge in this latest project. There are many webpages - ( 'spelling' on primary school poems site) with videos and they shown children how to use both their visual memory and their auditory memory for this task, making spelling available to all via these pages.
The 'spelling' pages are in 'topics' and geared to around 8 years of age. Children can miss out on such a necessary skill as spelling, for different reasons, a skill which limits their communication via the written word as well as affecting their enjoyment of writing and their confidence.
On my website,children can spend time reading, listening, singing along to songs or simply watching the videos of little tortoises or doing the 'poem puzzles'.
The new challenges of technology certainly keep my brain active in a way little else could, and, searching for knowledge and the thrill when something actually works just continually fires the enthusiasm.The total mayhem and confusion that resulted between thebeginning and enlightenment regarding making ebooks - well, that is normal in the process of learning!
PS I have put a link to Facebook on my websites( except the children's website), and ask that anyone who visits the site/s and is also on Facebook will click on the link and in that way spread the word about my books and websites. Every stone thrown in a pond makes ripples. If any of you do that, then, though I shall not know, I 'thank you' !
Medicine, has been my profession,
In Psychiatry, I specialised.
I am a wife and mother,
My grandchildren are idolised.
I do not consider myself a poet,
Though many verses you will find.
Written over several years,
From deep within my mind.
No knowledge, about the metre.
Ottava rima, terzains or Sapphics.
And, truthfully, I had never heard
Of iambs, or hudibrastics.
I read one day, there were anapaests.
Though I never explored the rest.
To find out about Spenserians,
Would not my time use best.
Quatrains, or sixains, mean nothing.
And rime royals have passed me by.
My verses have a purpose,
To make people laugh or cry.
No need of analysis by scholars,
I doubt mine will reach their gaze.
I have written these messages,
To help people walk life’s maze.
Nothing difficult, nothing fancy,
But about times we all may face.
They have been written, from my heart.
Maybe in yours, they will find a place.
That is the foreword from my poetry book, Daily Life and puts me and my writing in a proverbial nutshell. I have a purpose for writing, besides keeping me occupied and interested.
In January 2014, I started the site 'Elderly Surfers' - a site for those over 65 years. There is much experience, knowledge and wisdom in this age group ( mine) which, I believe, is needed to be known at the present time.
Obviously, at first, it has mostly my own contributions, poems - both written and spoken, articles and a page for books. I would like anyone over 65 years, from any country - though written in English, to contribute something - writings, poems, paintings, interests, articles, etc - instructions for this are on the website.
I have compiled a short book 'Recollections of a Yorkshire village 1914-30 from the writings of my father, Hubert M Earnshaw and this can be read free on the site - or bought as a small paperback from Amazon or eBook for KIndle.
Kind regards Audrey Coatesworth.
Accomplishments: MB ChB (Edinburgh 1962), MRCPsych - my medical and psychiatric qualifications.
Master practitioner in NLP ( the fascinating and invaluable study of how people think).
I worked for over 35 years as a psychiatrist.
Our two children have grown up to be very kind individuals, excellent parents and industrious in their caring professions and, in my opinion, no one could ask for more.
My recent achievement, and on-going project, is publishing my books of poetry for children, teenagers and adult and my 'novel', Beyond Mercy.
Each poem was written from my experience and enthusiasm and I aim to continue my therapeutic work since retirement and from my personal beliefs in the medium of the written word.
My novel, Beyond Mercy, is an achievement accomplished during a long illness and using information gained before and during that illness, and when connecting to another dimension. It is a challenging, interesting, long read, but it has a much deeper meaning applicable to all.
Glimpses by Audrey Coatesworth Glimpses - short poems giving 'vignettes of experience'. A few words say a lot! Many and varied topics, some are more serious, many are humourous....
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Growing Up, by Dr Audrey Coatesworth by Audrey Coatesworth Dr Audrey Coatesworth's poetry book,Growing Up, is for children aged 7-12years. Written by a psychiatrist, and, in metaphorical and rhyming verse to encourage the values, such as kindness, caring, sharing, endeavour, courage....
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A Spiritual Journey ( ebook) by Audrey Coatesworth The title of the poetry book 'A Spiritual Journey' describes what it is. This is converted to ebook from the paperback of the same name and is available on Amazon Kindle and suitable for Kindle,and by default, PC, Ipad and Blackberry....
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Beyond Mercy ( KIndle Edition)ebook by Audrey Coatesworth Beyond Mercy is now available as an ebook - for Kindle, PC, ipad
This story is a past life story - and tells of a family in 1497, and of lives destroyed. The search for truth and justice which follows, will be completed in the 21st century! There are links with the present/future and evidence of the truth will be found. Read and be prepared to challenge your beliefs....
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The Girl who had everything by Audrey Coatesworth This is a short story about a girl who had everything but is restless and, basically, unhappy. A poor girl who has apparently nothing, teaches her and her parents by example that material possessions do not buy happiness....
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Poems for 3-7 years by Audrey Coatesworth This book contains 62 poems written for children aged 3-7 years. All are about everyday life and all contain a message. Dr Audrey Coatesworth has written them to encourage values such as kindness, caring, and sharing....
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Choice for Teenagers by Audrey Coatesworth A poetry book by Dr Audrey Coatesworth - the third in her series 'Verses that mean a lot'. Written specifically for teenagers, the poem touches many of the areas of adolescent life.The poems range from serious to amusing but are intended to challenge attitudes, behaviours and beliefs....
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Daily Life, by Dr Audrey Coatesworth by Audrey Coatesworth Daily life is the first in the series of poetry books, for older readers,by Dr Audrey Coatesworth, a retired psychiatrist of 35 years experience.
Her books comment on many aspects of life - challenging, controversial, entertaining but always interesting!...
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Short Stories What do you think? ( for children) by Audrey Coatesworth A short story about two different lifestyles, showing that all have choice in how they behave. People can be kind or selfish, whatever their situation.... A Great Story (for children) by Audrey Coatesworth Dr Audrey Coatesworth writes a story for young children about the need to take advice and do what parents say when a situation could be dangerous.It is a story about learning to make the right choices... The Young Dragon, by Dr Audrey Coatesworth (for children) by Audrey Coatesworth This is a story written by Dr Audrey Coatesworth with the intention of helping young children ( 3-7 years of age) who have difficulty learning to control their tempers - after that should have reasona... The squirrel story by Dr Audrey Coatesworth (for children) by Audrey Coatesworth This is a metaphorical story for children - about the grief of losing a Daddy. It gives a way for children to use to regain joy in remembering the lost Daddy ( it can be adapted to either parent)and t...
Poetry Dementia by Audrey Coatesworth A poem about the gradual farewell of Dementia.... 'The real me' by Audrey Coatesworth This short poem is written, as a psychiatrist, on behalf of all children who have been traumatised by the evils of this world eg victims of abuse, whether sexual, physical or emotional. Their 'real m... Facing the fuure by Audrey Coatesworth Life can be difficult,inner resources may be stretched to the limit, but........ 'Armchair advice' from 'Glimpses' by Audrey Coatesworth Armchair advice is a poem from 'Glimpses'- the new poetry book by Audrey Coatesworth.... Favourite foods by Audrey Coatesworth A poem from a new poetry book 'Glimpses' by Audrey Coatesworth - short vignettes of life.... Loss of parents by Audrey Coatesworth Loss of father and mother.... A remembered voice by Audrey Coatesworth A song, a remembered voice - a moving moment of time....
Articles I like gadgets and progress, but ... by Audrey Coatesworth I like gadgets and progress, but there are downsides that people are ignoring.... Liberation or bondage by Audrey Coatesworth My view of the changing values of society in relation to popularity of the book and film 'Fifty shades of grey'... A few thoughts on Christmas by Audrey Coatesworth Christmas, like everything else, changes with time.... Elderly Surfers by Audrey Coatesworth I have made/ am in the process of making a website for the 65-85+age - at elderlysurfers.com .This article explains why.... A few reflections for the New Year 2014 by Audrey Coatesworth As a retired psychiatrist I observe behaviours and trends. There is much that is happening at the present time that is wrong for the future health and happiness of children and teenagers - around the ... Something is 'not quite right' by Audrey Coatesworth It is important to be vigilant regarding children's safety.... Why are our children and teenagers not protected by Audrey Coatesworth Increasingly pornography is being viewed on line by young teenagers. Why is this not being challenged - a password is clearly not sufficient....
A website for those over 65 years - contributions from anywhere in the world of poems, writings, paintings, interests, hobbies, articles etc are welcome - provided the text is in English.Instructions for submission - on the website.
The books are all available as paperback books - printed in UK or USA, from www.mybooksaudreycoatesworth.com and the ebooks are now all complete and are available on Amazon Kindle store or Amazon.com/ebooks, or Amazon.co.uk/ebooks
The books in the 'Signed books' will be posted from England,and so a little has been added to cover the extra postage costs.
PLP Publishings(UK) Dr Audrey Coatesworth Maids Moreton, Buckingham, MK18 1QX Buckingham