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(from French: mémoire: memoria,
meaning memory, or reminiscence), is a
literary genre, forming a subclass of
autobiography – although the terms
'memoir' and 'autobiography' are almost
interchangeable…the chronological
scope of a memoir is determined by the
work's context and is therefore more
focused and flexible than the traditional
arc of birth to old age as found in an


The camera makes everyone a tourist 
in other people's reality, and 
eventually in one's own 

~ Susan Sontag 

I search our old albums for the black and white glossy six by four inch photograph. I flip through decades of random sepia, tonal and colour prints that trigger many layered emotions. Eventually I find the elusive image. Here it is! Almost as I remember, framed in off-white card embossed with deep blue lettering, ‘‘The Cavern’’ Restaurant, 1927~Nogales, Sonora~1983. …

Download 'Tequila Twilight' below


Spring’s silver vines connect
my Lady Grey and me —
misty vales, family tales,
silent years and tea

…I wondered if I would ever find the family names I was searching for, as sites are often reclaimed after a period of time. There was a chance any living descendants, distant relatives I had never met, had lost the plot.

'Lady Grey' is a short memoir about the mystery of ancestory.

Download 'Lady Grey' below

Judith Bruton,
9 Jun 2012, 21:49
Judith Bruton,
22 May 2012, 21:24