Book Presentation of Cherry Denman “Diplomatic incidents, memoirs of an undiplomatic wife”
The Expatriate Archive Centre is delighted to announce that they will purchase Cherry Denman’s first book “Diplomatic incidents, memoirs of an undiplomatic wife” during the presentation that will take place on May 29, 2010 at the Pulchri studio in The Hague.
This book represents the many real-life stories that are stored at the Expatriate Archive Centre about life on the move.
At the presentation, Cherry Denman will read from her book, and will be interviewed by Jo Parfitt, the well known British writer who is associated with the Archive Centre for her life-story writing workshops. The first book will be presented to Mrs Tricia Holland, wife of the British ambassador to The Netherlands. Copies of the book will be on sale after the presentation in Pulchri. The book will be stocked by the American Book Centre.
Admission to the book presentation is free, but only guests who have booked in advance by mail will be admitted.
Travel Is In the Mind
Did you know that the Expatriate Archive Centre has a varied collection of books, maps and travel guides? Why not pay the archive a visit where you can view our collection.
We received a new book this week called Expat: Women’s True Tales of Life Abroad by Christina Henry de Tessan
This is a collection of diverse stories written by women who have travelled in many parts of the world. Many stories are inspiring in their depiction of the challenges overcome when one is living far from home.
Often both language and culture can be the issue as in the case of Angeli Primlani, an American from a small town in the American South who travels to Prague and is astonished to find that the Czech language is quite incomprehensible to her.
Leza Lowitz teaching American Literature to Japanese students finds them friendly and open but confused by her teaching methods as open discussion is not common in the Japanese Education system.
These and many other personal accounts in the book make it clear that travel is in the mind as much as it is a physical act of removal from one place to another. These stories truly open one up to the many aspects of life one encounters as a traveller.
Key Challenges of Private Archives
One of the key challenges that many private archives in the Netherlands deal with is their position as opposed to governmental archives. In particular, the way in which they manage the data protection of depositors during the digitization process of the archive.
The depositors of source material must trust the archive to look after their stories and not breach the confidence that they have given.
The digitization challenges were discussed during the KVAN day last June.(Koninklijke Vereniging van Archivarissen in Nederland)
Here are some of the presentations: