Hi, my name is Suzie Grogan and I am a freelance professional researcher and writer on topics as diverse as social exclusion, social and family history (with particular reference to the history of mental health treatment and 19th & 20thC London) and women’s health issues. With many years experience of research to support public and voluntary sector policy and strategy development, I am now putting my skills to use researching issues of importance to me. I am a keen social historian and have had many articles published in national magazines.
In 2014, my book Shell Shocked Britain – the First World War’s legacy for Britain’s mental health was published by Pen and Sword Books to 5* reviews, and my next book, Death Disease & Dissection – the life of a surgeon-apothecary 1750-1850 will be published by Pen and Sword in October 2017.
I have edited and compiled the book Dandelions and Bad Hair Days – an anthology of prose and poetry written by those who have experienced mental health issues – which was published on 10th October 2012. All profits go to SANE and nominated mental health charities.
I write ghost stories and other fiction and have a number of projects in development – if only there were more hours in the day!
I am also a wife and mother of two twenty-somethings who have just about realised how interesting their mother can be if given the chance.
In 2006 I was diagnosed with and successfully treated (including reconstruction) for breast cancer, and I have had Primary Lymphoedema since my teens, but although I would love to hear from people who share my experiences, this blog is a place to be creative about life, writing and living life and writing.
My website can be found at http://www.suziegrogan.co.uk.