Jacqx’s articles include the writing journey of her debut novel, All That Glitters Is Not Gold; her short stories, stage plays and book and film reviews based on true stories.

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Research for a historical novel

Librarians are angelic beings with unfathomable knowledge on how to find just about anything in the bottomless pit of books, information, resources, links, interlibrary loans, and nooks and crannies of cyberspace library heaven.

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Who Are You? A Guide to Writing Your Memoir

Who are you? Who do people think you are? What legacy do you want to leave behind? These are questions worthy to be asked for you to leave a footprint of your existence on this earth. Your life matters, whether you realise it or not. There are many people who are curious to know more about you. Whether it’s your family, friends or strangers. You have stories, skills and knowledge stored within you that are valuable. Isn’t it time you passed them on?

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The Freedom Circus by Sue Smethurst book cover- Jacqx book review

The Freedom Circus

When Mindla Levin and Kubush Horowitz first met, they were instantly attracted. Mindla worked in a leather factory and Kubush was a clown in the Circus Staniewski. Mindla’s father disapproved of Kubush, saying: “A clown is not a husband… nothing good comes from a clown.” That clown saved their lives.

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From Hero to Zero

From Hero to Zero is the incredible, true story of Captain Rod Lovell’s unbelievable castigation for doing the very thing he was paid to do – keep his passengers safe.

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Rainbows Through Cobwebs

Rainbows Through Cobwebs covers the topic of grief in its many forms. From grieving over the death of a loved one, including pets, to grieving over the loss of your identity

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escaping genocide

Escaping Genocide

There’s hell on earth…where atrocities are committed everyday, where life has no value, where mercy and compassion do not exist; where fear reigns and survival depends on the dialect you speak; the ethnic group you belong to. Helena reveals the trauma of escaping genocide.

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Fifty Years of Silence by Jan Ruff-O’Herne - Jacqx Book Review

Fifty Years of Silence book review

Fifty Years of Silence is the memoir of Jan Ruff-O’Herne, a war rape survivor. Jan’s idyllic childhood in Dutch colonial Indonesia came to an abrupt end when war intruded on her life and she was captured and imprisoned.

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Joy Film Review by Jacqx

JOY Film Review

Joy is a film based on Joy Mangano, inventor of the self-wringing mop. It’s a story about family rivalry & control; making mistakes; learning about business; perseverance and sheer determination to not give up on something you believe in.

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A Trapeze Lesson

The Awesome Side of Research Research sounds pretty boring, right? It may conjure up an image of someone with their nose to the books, or computer screen, slight frown creasing

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One-Act Play Theatre Festivals

One-Act Play Theatre Festivals Participating in One-Act Play Theatre Festivals was the inspiration I needed to write my own plays for my drama students. Some of my fondest memories come

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