Here is my interview with Stuart Aken

I’ve been interviewed by Fiona McVie on ‘authorsinterviews’. Here’s her post.



Name: Stuart Aken

Age: 67 outside, about 23 within.

Where are you from?

My mother was warned I’d be born dead, due to her shock at my father’s death three weeks earlier. But, stubborn from the start, I landed very much alive. That was in a neighbour’s bed as we’d been evicted from the home that was tied to my father’s job. This all happened in Hull, a city port in the north east of England.

Now I’ve retired from employment, I live with my wife in a small village called Lydbrook. It hugs both sides of a steep-sided green valley in the Forest of Dean, in the south west of England, and not far from the border with Wales.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

Following my mother’s death, two days after my 16th birthday, I left home and joined the RAF…

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3 thoughts on “Here is my interview with Stuart Aken

  1. I thought this was a good interview on Fiona’s but I’m probably biased as I’m always interested in anyone from Yorkshire.

    Do you know my pal Kev? He’s at and has recently published a couple of short memoirs about growing up in Hull.

    I thought your Radio 4 story was interesting. I used to work (in PR) with a woman who wrote short stories and had a couple accepted for that 15 minute slot they used to have, can’t remember the name, something original like morning/afternoon story. She didn’t get any agents approaching her though.

    I also had a friend with ME, it seemed to be very up and down in terms of recurrence, and eventually her employers grudgingly agreed to pension her off. I don’t think she’d be up to the GNR though, so good on you for tackling it. We were in Newcastle at the time and a few colleagues did do it, I think the times were around two hours, two and a half. I certainly couldn’t do it, not then, not now. Best of luck with it.


    1. Thank you. You know what they say: ‘You can always tell a Yorkshireman, but not much!’ Hadn’t come across Kev’s domain, but it looks interesting; thanks. The play was a 45 minute ‘afternoon play’, and the short story spot was called, if I recall, ‘Morning Story’. One of my writing friends has had a couple on there, too. I think it’s still going. M.E. is much misunderstood by employers – one of the reasons I wrote the book. I was fortunate as my employer was aware of the realities. The GNR; in two hours? I’ll just be glad to finish! It’s only because I’m now fully recovered I can even contemplate it, of course.


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