While living and travelling in numerous places abroad I began writing lifestyle and travel pieces for assorted magazines and newspapers, and then was introduced to oral history while living in outback Australia. That led, after years of intensive work, to five books based on my recording, working more or less as a ghost writer.
Since returning to New Zealand and settling in the wonderful Marlborough Sounds I have recorded and transcribed very many local stories but have not felt a book was indicated, although I have published in the national oral history journal. I have also compiled several small history booklets on local themes for Picton Museum, and for some six years have written a fortnightly history column for the Seaport News (now relaunched as Seaport Scene).
As a volunteer with Hospice Marlborough I assist patients to record their story in recorded and written form, which can be challenging but is always rewarding. Editing other people’s spoken words into readable and appropriate text has become my chief skill. If I had a dream it was probably to write another fascinating biography or autobiography, but I have never met the fascinating subject who was also willing!
Loreen lives in the Marlborough Sounds
and can be contacted at email@example.com.