Wife, mother, grandmother, retired Consultant Psychiatrist and embedded within them all is 'me'!
I always wanted to write. Now I have the time.
I shall update this 'bio' as /when - at the end of this page.
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 work and experience. So, 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, I decided to be a doctor, and I qualified as a doctor 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, with more than medical help, I survived with my brain intact, though I hope that experience will never be repeated until my final exit is due.
But, there are silver linings, and 14 books later ( and counting), I realise 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.
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), Kaleidoscope BOOK 1 and BOOK 2, Facing each day, Poems in times of grief, and Twilight Years ( a book for 'old folks' like myself!)
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.
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! I wrote.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 truth!
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 latest and in some ways, most challenging, task is to prepare my books as ebooks. Having read about the formats etc etc the mystery was solved and. I have launch the Audrey Coatesworth ebooks! 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 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 studied 'how people think ' via Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) during my years of trying to understand how best to help my patients. I have used this knowledge in my latest project on the website for children, which is geared to help children with spelling.I have made several webpages - ( 'spelling' on primary school poems site) and videos and shown children how to use both their visual memory and their auditory memory for this task, making spelling available to all via these pages.
These 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 inbetween the beginning and enlightenment - 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 'thank you' !
Kindest regards Audrey Coatesworth
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.
Possibly the last poetry book I shall write, called 'Facing each day', is now available as a paperback and ebook from Amazon and Createspace.
MARCH 2013 - no - another two books! Now available as paperbacks and eBooks for Kindle.
As I wrote - I was going to stop writing poems after the last one - thinking I had 'said enough' but I couldn't deny the ideas which came into my head. The book is called 'Twilight years' - as the title inicated - these are poems for the elderly. The book is now published - and can be bought from MY BOOKS ( in any country via Createspace). or Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
Then, I was asked 'which of your poetry books could I give to an adult who is grieving?' I had to say 'I don't know' - why? because, although I have written many poems about different aspects of grief, they were scattered around my books. So, I have collected them together and published a new book ( with a few new poems to add to the others) called 'Poems in times of grief'. This, like all my books is available from my MY BOOKS
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.
Kaleidoscope BOOK 2 by Audrey Coatesworth A medley of poems by retired psychiatrist Dr Audrey Coatesworth, a continuation following Kaleidoscope BOOK 1.... Kindle (eBook)
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.... Kindle (eBook)
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.... Kindle (eBook)
Amazon.comBeyond MercyAmazon Kindle store
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 'Things that cannot be bought' , from 'Choice for Teenagers' by Audrey Coatesworth This poem, from 'Choice for Teenagers',by Dr Audrey Coatesworth is a favourite with people and is about 'things that cannot be bought' - some of the important values of life - kindness, courage, e... Vulnerability, from Kaleidoscope Book 2 by Audrey Coatesworth Kindness is a number one, key factor this world needs, but it can be abused by others who are without that quality.... Dreaming by Audrey Coatesworth Dreaming is a poem written by Dr Audrey Coatesworth.... Judge me not , from 'Growing Up' by Audrey Coatesworth 'Judge me not' is a poem from the poetry book 'Growing Up' by Dr Audrey Coatesworth.This book is for children aged 7-13 yrs, written to encourage values such as kindness, caring, sharing, endeavou... Ghosts by Audrey Coatesworth This poem by retired psychiatrist, Dr Audrey Coatesworth is from her book 'From Darkness to Light'. It is about therapy - the process of resolving past traumatic events which have left scars affecti... After Doubt by Audrey Coatesworth After Doubt is a poem about overcoming doubts and fears resulting from e.g.illness and misfortune and walking out of that darkness towards a future light.... The Leaving by Audrey Coatesworth Dr Audrey Coatesworth writes this poem about the death of her mother... Asthma attack by Audrey Coatesworth Before medication and inhalers, allergic asthma attacks were often frequent prolonged and dire in those allergic to eg dust mite. This poem is about such an event in childhood. Those who damage their ... Why was I born by Audrey Coatesworth This is a poem on behalf of children.It is in the poetry book 'Daily Life' by Dr Audrey Coatesworth... Curtain of Memory by Audrey Coatesworth 'Curtain of Memory' can be found in my poetry book,'From Darkness to Light. Many memories are bad and the images may be replayed, even when these are not wanted and cause continued distress, despit... In an eyelid's blink by Audrey Coatesworth A poem about a 'stroke'- a cerebral catastrophe, happening in 'an eyelid's blink' of time. Life with the loved one will never the same again. This is something that can happen to any family. Life... The Resurrection by Audrey Coatesworth People believe that their religion holds the key to an eternal life. This poem is about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ -central to the christian faith.... The Order of the Universe by Audrey Coatesworth This short poem, about the present day world. The Universe is vast and impersonal, but our lifes are lived on a personal basis, with much pain inflicted around the world on individuals. I predict thin... Beyond Mercy by Audrey Coatesworth A poem about the concept of Mercy - this can be read in conjunction with the article 'Mercy'in my 'Articles'. The poem is in my book 'A Spiritual Journey'- purchase from this site or from www.pl... I predict - a message of hope by Audrey Coatesworth Dr Audrey Coatesworth writes from her knowledge and experience - and her poem 'I Predict' is a message of hope... Death and Beyond by Audrey Coatesworth I wrote this poem,'Death and Beyond' many years after my father died. We all have to face grief at some time in our lives. This is a poem of eventual hope, and is in my book 'From Darkness to Light... The Gate from 'From Darkness to Light' by Audrey Coatesworth As a psychiatrist specialising in psychotherapy, I saw very many people who were suffering the effects of old unresolved griefs and traumas. These needed to be resolved and discarded, before the patie... Mirror, Mirror on the wall by Audrey Coatesworth I wrote this poem as a few 'further reflections' on the present day problems in our society.... Kindness by Audrey Coatesworth This poem, 'Kindness' follows the 'theme' of my book 'Choice for Teenagers', encouraging positive values in life through poetry. Many of the poems are metaphorical 'stories'.The book is now av... I cannot bring you back - from 'Poems in times of grief' by Audrey Coatesworth Death is the ending of earthly life,and happens to all, but, for those who do not hurt others, death is not the end of existence.... A wish is finally granted by Audrey Coatesworth The silver lining of old age - the togetherness 'allowed' from enforced inactivity and isolation.... The hidden secret by Audrey Coatesworth A poem about never giving up, however dark the night.
A poem from Kaleidoscope Book 2... Life carries on by Audrey Coatesworth 'Life carries on' talks about just an 'ordinary' day during the convalescence following a long and painful illness. A situation, unfortunately, common to many waiting to recover and needing courage, e... Flowers in the rain by Audrey Coatesworth Flowers in the rain is a metaphorical poem written for teenagers and parents/teachers. Our minds are precious and take a long time to mature, but can be destroyed easily.... Inner Beauty - from 'Daily Life' by Audrey Coatesworth This poem was written by Dr Audrey Coatesworth as a tribute to her mother- who, in her 95th year, following a stroke, lost her awareness of time and place....
Articles 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.... Freedom from Facebook? by Audrey Coatesworth This article is about why I have deleted my account from Facebook.... The value of motherhood by Audrey Coatesworth Why was I born? This poem introduces this article on the value of motherhood in the present climate of modern developed societies.... Drinking in excess by Audrey Coatesworth Many young people are drinking in excess. The author asks, 'what has happened that knowledge and common sense are being ignored?'... Comment on babies crying themselves to sleep by Audrey Coatesworth This article comments on recent research that suggests that babies should be allowed to cry themselves to sleep. This author is strongly against this practice.... The best of both worlds by Audrey Coatesworth The Internet is a brilliant tool for the present generation, but can be used for good or evil... Aliens report back by Audrey Coatesworth This is a fictious report taken back from visiting 'aliens' - commenting on some present day behaviours.... A world of wrong beliefs by Audrey Coatesworth This article is about three beliefs held by many people and which the author believes are wrong and cause damaging effects worldwide.... A novice becomes a seller on ebay.co.uk by Audrey Coatesworth A novice becomes a seller on ebay.co.uk All of the books of Audrey Coatesworth are now for sale on ebay.co.uk and the rest will be added as/when.... Nothing to wear! by Audrey Coatesworth There seems to be few clothes available that are suitable for the over 70s to wear to any occasion. The present fashion market is geared to and obsessed with much younger people.... Snapshots by Audrey Coatesworth A retired psychiatrist observes peoples actions while on holiday, and, as she can do or say nothing, finds her knowledge disturbs her peace.... Parents should accept responsibility. by Audrey Coatesworth A discussion, by a retired psychiatrist, of the use of hormone implants for 13 year old girls who have sex. The pendulum has swung from the 'asylum' to 'anything goes'.Teenage years with the necessary... From where I stand by Audrey Coatesworth Let me share a few thoughts, mainly from the news in England, one week in December 2011, but the theme is constantly relevant at the present time.The overall impression if that the government can find... A sign of the times? by Audrey Coatesworth This short essay illustrates an uncaring attitude of people to others.Is this a sign of the times, or does increased age highlight the problem?... Thoughts on Solar Power by Audrey Coatesworth The sun shines around the world, giving free energy for all. It is now possible to harness this endless and continual power and use it as a clean, efficient, safe and renewable source of electricity. ... Who cares? by Audrey Coatesworth Many teenagers and young adults are drinking alcohol in excess. This article discusses the responsibility of parents and institutions of learning. ... Very strange but absolutely true by Audrey Coatesworth Audrey Coatesworth points out an error in each of three of her books, and gives an explanation. She tells why she will not alter these 'errors' but has written appendices for two of the books, Beyond ... If there is only one God, which is he/she? by Audrey Coatesworth In this article, I talk about the veracity of religious beliefs and how hypocrisy weakens beliefs, particularly when that hypocrisy is very meaningful in different circumstances, both personal and in ... I created my own website by Audrey Coatesworth I needed a website.For several reasons, I decided I would have to create my own. I found a site which made this not only possible but straightforward. I am simply sharing my experience with those who ... Forgiveness by Audrey Coatesworth The word 'forgiveness has several meanings. This article explores the these meanings in human relationships and about the value of forgiveness.Dr Audrey Coatesworth has a different viewpoint which sh... ‘The world needs more 'TLC’ by Audrey Coatesworth In ‘medical–speak’ TLC means ‘tender loving care’.
I used to think that if the world was governed by women, then there would be more fairness, more compassion and no wars.
This article is ab... From which perspective by Audrey Coatesworth There were disgraceful riots in London and several cities in UK in August 2011. While condemning all stealing and violence, Audrey Coatesworth sees hypocrisy and discrepancy in the treatment of those ... Choice in life by Audrey Coatesworth Everyone has to make choices, each and every day. Some have little impact, but some have significant and serious consequences. In this article, Dr Audrey Coatesworth discusses some of the issues gover... The process of learning – embracing and accepting the confusion. by Audrey Coatesworth The process of learning to produce and ebook for the Kindle. This process of learning was a challenge, and involved not only a lot of work,but the embracing and acceptance of confusion before clarity ...
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