Thursday 10 was the memorial service in Newcastle for novelist and tutor Chrissie Glazebrook, who died in December 2007.
The service was packed with friends, family, writers and colleagues and there were ten speakers who reflected on their friendship with Chrissie. Carol Clewlow and Penny Smith (tutors from Northumbria University) read out some of our words as graduates of the course, and extracts of Chrissie's work were read and displayed. It was nice to hear so many stories about Chrissie and the immense humour by which she lived. Although tears were shed, there were many of laughter as we heard about what Chrissie was like to work with and her outlook on life.
For anyone who doesn't know of Chrissie's work, you can find out more about her here:
Guardian Obituary by Sean O'Brien
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