Jean Rockel has emerged from her long academic career in early childhood education at the University of Auckland with a desire to learn about writing memoir and the short-story genre. She feels she is now on her way as a result of inspiration from the Master Classes in Memoir at the Michael King Writers’ Centre.
My mother, Jean, was the youngest in a family of eleven children and I was named Jean Valentine after her and a distant Scottish relative who had been isolated in her croft for several days after her husband had been killed. Something in the pathos of this extraordinary situation had touched my mother and she had the name Valentine added to her own name.
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