Johnson, E., Ballin, D. (Nov 2016)
The People’s Echo 12-page newspaper published to accompany the exhibition 'A share of a pensioner’s Christmas ‘Bonus’' at the National Coal Mining Museum for England
Johnson, E., Ballin, D. (Spring 2017)
Echoes of protest: untold stories of the 1984 -1985 UK Miner's Strike in Oral History Journal, Volume 45, No 1, Spring 2017, pg 100 -111
Johnson, E., Ballin, D. (July 2017)
‘Voices from the Strike’, in Allsop, D., Stephenson, C., and Wray, D. (eds.) Justice Denied, Friends, Foes & The Miners' Strike. London: Merlin Press, pp.64 -79, ISBN 978-0-85036-730-D
Ballin, D. (2015)
'Ogmore 74' in Slingsby, Adam., Rogers, Kathy. (eds.) 'Matter 14' Mews Press, pg 105 ISBN 978-1-84387-388-4
The Fence is Debbie Ballin's first novel. It was written whilst she was on the MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and completed in Jan 2018.
Forty-something archivist Anna arrives at her mum’s house, to drop her children off, only to find she is missing. On the kitchen table are a pile of letters sent to her mum after the death of her closest friend Neets. Through the letters, Anna unravels hidden details of her mum’s past and childhood memories start to surface. Anna sets off on a quest to find her mum, come to terms with her childhood and make sense of the rift in their relationship. The novel is set in present day Sheffield, late 50s Cornwall and Greenham Common in 1983
Free Range - A Collective Family Memoir is a work in progress.
Free Range is an interactive memoir exploring the experience of growing up in South Wales as one of eleven children in the 1970's.
Free Range uses multiple forms (writing, film, audio, photography, oral history) to explore the unreliability and fragility of memory. It examines the uncertainty of family history and the way individuals within a family articulate narratives of past that are contested or contradictory.
It was developed on the Lifewriting module of the MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University
Ogmore '74 one of the stories featured in Free Range was published in MATTER 14 in October 2015.