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Best selling author Raynor Winn visits Weldmar’s Bookshop

The author of ‘The Salt Path’ was one of the most popular speakers at Dorchester’s Literary Festival

Weldmar Hospicecare’s newly formed Book Group had a boost when best selling author Raynor Winn popped along to see them this week.

Her appearance at Dorchester Literary Festival had sold out, but before heading on stage at the Corn Exchange she popped into our Bookshop on South Street to meet members of the group, who had discussed her book ‘The Salt Path’ at their meeting earlier in the week.

The Book Group is run by Welmar’s Bereavement Support Group, but anyone can come along and take part.

Raynor, pictured left above, told us, “Talking to your members it was clear to see what an important role the book group is already taking in their lives. I’ve met a few books groups which have been formed by people who are going through some of the most difficult times in life, in hospitals, prisons and recovery units. They’ve all demonstrated their love of reading and how immersing ourselves in another world for a while can lift us from the problems and sadness of our own. But more than that, how coming together and sharing our thoughts and feelings builds social groups that can give us the strength and confidence to go forwards knowing we’re not alone in our experiences.”

Helen Maisey is a Bereavement Support Volunteer and part of the Book Group, and she says, “On a personal note, having lost my husband two years ago and having such wonderful help from Weldmar, I’m just made up that she could make it here.  There’s lots of things in her book that I can relate to, as can a lot of people who are going through the same as I have.”

The next Book Group meeting is at the Bookshop in South Street, Dorchester, on Wednesday 13th November from 5:30-7:00pm.  The group will be talking about ‘A Woman Of War’ by Mandy Robotham.  Anyone is welcome to pop in and join the discussion.

For more details about our Book Group, speak to Rob Mutter, manager at Weldmar’s Bookshop, on 01305 251225.


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