Book Launch: No Spare Life by Rosaleen Glennon

Book Launch: No Spare Life by Rosaleen Glennon


Saturday 10 December 2016

2.30pm–4.30pm | All welcome

All are welcome to attend the launch of No Spare Life: One Woman's Journey Through Cancer by Rosaleen Glennon

About the book:

I’d been living in Germany for eight years when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2010. On gleaning the news after a biopsy, I went into a spin. I don’t remember leaving the doctor’s office on the third floor of the hospital and getting into the lift. I began to think again when the lift doors opened and I stepped out on the ground floor. I turned round three times on the spot and thought. “What am I going to do now? Does he mean I should get my affairs in order?” I almost laughed at my own thinking. I realised that we have absolutely no control. We might think we have, but we don’t.

I had been writing for a number of years and so it was natural for me to write about the cancer as a way of making sense of what was happening, as a way of keeping a record of my life and as a way to honour it (the cancer). I realise everybody’s experience of cancer is different but I want to publish what I have written in the form of poetry, short pieces of prose and artwork to share what happened to me, so that it might help other people who have had such a diagnosis as well as their families and friends. I hope it helps.

About the author:

Rosaleen Glennon was born in Dublin. During her forties she lived in Germany for ten years and taught English. While there, she developed her lifelong interest in story and began writing short prose and memoir style pieces. It was also in Germany that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. No Spare Life: one woman’s journey through cancer, is her first book. Rosaleen now lives in Co. Roscommon.