Girls Do Coffee is an informal chat show on Expat Radio every Thursday morning from 11am to 1pm French time with Deborah, Liz and Gwen. This blog is a behind the scenes look at how the girls link up via Skype with Dave Hailwood of Expat Radio to broadcast worldwide.
Deborah Alexander has been writing and teaching over the last twenty or so years. She has written travel articles for magazines, poetry and story-writing guidelines for teachers and also children’s stories. Her story ‘Amina and the Shell’ was published by Tamarind/Random House in 2008. Deborah started as a primary school teacher but went on to teach students of a variety of ages and nationalities in both England and France. She has worked alongside the Modern Art Museum in Céret, the Office de Tourisme in Céret and the Fenech Art Gallery also in Céret. The Reflective Writing Group is a recent project of Deborah’s which aims to help people use creative writing to reduce stress and manage day-to-day worries and anxiety using reflective writing methods. The Reflective Writing Group workshops take place in the South of France. www.reflective-writing-group.org
Liz Garnett has been a commercial photographer for over 20 years and has had work published internationally in books, magazines, newspapers and travel publications including Harpers and Queen, France magazine and Phaidon. She specialises in stock photography of France and the UK. Currently, Liz lives in Kent but has also lived in France and Australia. Trips to France are all based around her photography and love of food and include research into the areas she visits. Liz is also the author of French Holiday Cookery a simple cookbook for self-catering holidays to France. All ingredients have been translated into French. Liz also uses film photography to create vibrant contemporary images which have been exhibited in the UK and Europe. www.lizgarnett.com
Gwen Jenner moved to The Netherlands in 1996, and in 2003 found her house in the Limousin. The house is a former water mill on the edge of the village St. Priest Ligoure, 27 km south of Limoges. Gwen has her painting studio there from where she currently works and gives lessons whilst exhibiting her art work in France, The Netherlands and UK. Currently she is a member of the Aeroclub du Limousin and ex-pat group Connect87 and has a daughter, step-son and five grandchildren who live in the UK. www.gwenjenner.com