I am particularly delighted to have been asked to speak at this year’s CVHF because it will feel like another home-coming. Although I have lived almost all my adult life in London or its outskirts, I was brought up on my parents’ farm just over the hill in the neighbouring Wylye Valley, with my grandparents Street a few miles up the road.
Author’s proceeds are being donated to a certain local branch of Mencap that directly benefits a young Street family descendant with learning disabilities, whose existence I only discovered during the course of my researches.
Miranda McCormick is the granddaughter of the Wiltshire farmer/author/broadcaster A. G. Street and daughter of the novelist Pamela Street. Her book Farming, Fighting and Family is a memoir of life during WW2 in this area of Wiltshire.
On Tuesday, 28th June Miranda will be drawing on family diaries and letters to tell the story not only of A.G., but also his daughter during those extraordinary years of national adversity.