I was in a funk, not much was inspiring me, I was so far from passion, so devoid of it and I wasted in longing for it. In my search to find a spark, an advertisement came on the tv for ‘Flamingo Park and Beyond: A Conversation with Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson’, fashion designers and artists.
My dad, Merv, is a humble man, he has worked hard since the age of 13 when he left school and is currently still fighting off retirement as a plasterer. He is a voracious reader but was not really happy that I told him I was leaving a full time job to concentrate on my writing for a while [He has a valid point says my negative bank balance and uninspired dinner options]. I was a bit put out by his opposition but I understood where he was coming from. I just thought that I placed more value in being artistic and he didn't.
When I was 16, many moons ago, I had taken to reading biographies. I had become fascinated about how people had chosen to move about the world and journey their lives. Having handed back the last book to the school library, my mother seeing me at a loss for reading material told me there was a biography in her bookshelf. In amongst the Mills and Boon romances with couples embracing on the covers and the Jackie Collins books with their evocative titles and saucy script was a biography on Marilyn Monroe.
Kylie Parkinson is a writer, a reader and a daydream believer.