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Hear about the struggles and triumphs of two local memoirists, Debbie Flack and Juliet Hoey.

Debbie Flack, author of Forget Me Not, shares the emotional challenges she and many other caregivers face when caring for loved ones suffering dementia.

Juliet Hoey, author of She Shall Have Music, shares her triumph over the many kinds of adversity she faced on her journey to life as a professional classical musician.

Forget Me Not
About Forget Me Not: a daughter's love challenged by dementia

“Moving your mother out of her home of 50 years is extremely difficult.”

This was just one of the emotional challenges that Debbie and many other carers have to make for their loved ones.

Debbie’s Mum had always been a hard working woman and loving grandmother, but bizarre questions and strange behaviour started ringing alarm bells. Unknowingly both of their lives would change as they discovered the implications, symptoms and treatments of dementia.

To appreciate the changes and emotional toll of this disease, Debbie allows us insights into the personal history of both mother and daughter. Their everyday lives, relationships, values and resilience are ’laid bare’ for others to view and relate to.
In an honest recount, we follow their experiences as they battle with medical, legal and government procedures, through a mountain of research, surging emotions and each other. As symptoms escalate the kindness and sometimes ignorance of others is highlighted. The relationship between this mother and daughter unfolds and reverses to reveal an appreciation of a woman’s determination and love.

Forget Me Not shares one family’s experiences, promotes an awareness of dementia and encourages the importance of research for this disease. No matter what form of dementia a person has, the journey for the sufferer and their loved ones can truly be a difficult one.

Debbie Flack
About Debbie Flack

Debbie Flack, the eldest of three, is a mother, grandmother and a former teacher with thirty years’ experience. During this time whilst educating children of various ages many with special needs, she created learning environments to help them deal with the ‘real world’ and their family relationships. Moving into retail employment this allowed more flexibility for Debbie to care for her mother. She now enjoys any opportunity to escape suburbia for the tranquillity of nature, where she reads and pursues her passions of art, writing and photography.

She Shall Have Music
About She Shall Have Music

Juliet Hoey's memoir details the struggle she had to overcome initial bad teaching, and then acquire the skills needed to become a performing pianist. The story includes comments on feminism, work/life balance, outmoded attitudes to women's professional life, the cultural and educational history of Brisbane, the history of the Queensland Conservatorium and life in London with no money and four children. But Juliet discovered that the struggle was well worth it in the end. She would like her story to be seen as a triumph over many kinds of adversity. In this way, she would hope it to be an inspiration to others who struggle to achieve their aims. This is a story not just for musicians, but for everyone.

Juliette Hoey
About Juliet Hoey

Juliet Hoey is a Brisbane based musician and writer, performing and teaching both piano and cello. She graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a distinction in piano, after having first gained an Arts Degree from University of Queensland, majoring in English. She has been a frequent piano soloist, concerto performer and member of a piano duo team which performed publicly for many years. She plays cello in Brisbane Symphony Orchestra. She was also a piano examiner and eisteddfod adjudicator over a long period.

An experienced writer, Juliet has previously published three books:- Under the Mulberry Tree (self published) and crime novels The Sixth Partita and Miranda's Tempest (Zeus Publications). She has also written the libretti for three children's operas with music composed by her husband Denis Hoey. The musical memoir She Shall Have Music (Zeus Publications), is her latest book.

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Arana HillsFriday, 09 February1.30pm - 2.30pm Register now
Bribie IslandThursday, 15 February11.00am - 12.00noon Register now
StrathpineSaturday, 24 February10.30am - 11.30am Register now




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