About Lucy Whitman

I am a freelance writer, editor and trainer, with a special interest in issues connected with dementia and with family carers. 

My mother developed vascular dementia in the last years of her life, and my sister and I cared for her, along with our father who was also in frail health. My mother’s illness had a profound effect on me, and after her death I wanted to write about the experience of caring for her.

It occurred to me that it would be useful for others in similar circumstances, to collect together different people’s accounts of looking after someone with dementia and publish them as an anthology. This was how Telling Tales About Dementia came about.

Since the book was published, I have given numerous presentations about the experiences of family carers of people with dementia, and I now write regularly for the Journal of Dementia Care. I also worked as Assistant Editor on the Journal of Dementia Care from 2009 - 2010. I have now embarked on a second anthology, which will be a collection of personal accounts by people who have dementia.

Until recently, in addition to my writing and editing work, I worked part-time at a carers’ centre,  supporting young adults who are caring for a relative, and delivering training courses for family carers and for health and social care professionals.

In the past I taught for a long time in adult and further education, and later worked for many years at Amnesty International UK.

In the distant past I created my own feminist and anti-fascist punk fanzine, JOLT, and went on to write regularly for Spare Rib (pioneering feminist magazine) and other publications such as Temporary Hoarding (magazine of Rock Against Racism). My writings (articles, autobiographical pieces, short stories etc) have been included in collections published by Virago, The Women’s Press, Sheba Feminist Publishers, Bell and Hyman, Prism Press, Ink Links and Penguin. I co-wrote and co-edited (with Irene Schwab and Roxy Harris) Language and Power, a book of language awareness learning materials for the multi-ethnic classroom, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1990.

Some of my early writings can be found on the Women's Liberation Music Archive and an interview with me appears in the online feminist blog The F-word at http://www.thefword.org.uk/features/2011/05/Lucy_Whitman . A piece published in Red Pepper July/August 2008 looks back over the last 40 years of feminism.

I am a long-time member of the Crouch End Festival Chorus, a large choir with a reputation for tackling a very wide range of music. Our concerts this year have included performances of works by Haydn, Bruckner, Stravinsky, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, David Bedford and Eric Whitacre, as well as the world premiere of 17 Days by James McCarthy.

We have once again been invited to sing at the Proms this summer. We will be performing Gurrelieder by Schoenberg on Sunday 12 August at the Royal Albert Hall. This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Our new season starts with a performance of Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem at the Barbican on Tuesday 23 October.

The Crouch End Festival Chorus has made numerous recordings of all kinds of music, and can be heard singing on the soundtrack of many episodes of Doctor Who. We recorded a CD with Ray Davies, The Kinks Choral Collection, in 2009, and have performed with him many times, including at Glastonbury 2010, and at the final concert of his Meltdown residence at the Royal Festival Hall in June 2011.