Jacqui Jay Grafton
No, that’s not me! But isn’t she beautiful?
Better than looking at my old fizzog.
Photo © Jacqui Jay Grafton
Now in my seventy-ninth year. I’d like to say I’ve used all that time wisely, but it would be stretching the truth. I have done quite a few things I’m proud of, though, so we’ll just gloss over the rest.
In my early years, while raising a family, I had many and varied jobs – some interesting like running a small transport company and some stultifyingly boring like putting covers on library books and turning wet jumpers inside out. In my thirties I attained a degree in the Humanities – Sociology, Psychology, English Literature and English Language – which basically made me a Jac of all trades and Master of none.
I took my ragbag of talents to a printing company where I worked my way through secretary, manager and director until I eventually bought it. It was while working here that I grew my love of the visual arts, while designing art catalogues, working with photographers and liaising with designers.
When I sold the company at the age of 63, I took myself back to university and acquired a First Class Honours degree in Photography. For the next ten years I was involved in the Camera Club Circuit in Nottingham, eventually becoming a Competition Judge.
I also competed in International Photographic Salons, submitting mainly portraits and conceptual images. I achieved the accreditations of ARPS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society), BPE5*, DPAGB and EFIAP/gold and am proud to have acquired a sizeable collection of medals and awards.
I began writing my first novel, Circles of Confusion, at the age of 76, finally fulfilling a lifelong ambition.
Ashes on the Tongue, an historical novel followed one year later and was published in May 2021. Currently, I am working on Then Sings My Soul, the sequel to Ashes, as well as Albert’s Garden, a cosy mystery.