I was born in Bristol, where I grew up. I studied Philosophy at Sheffield Uni, and after marriage to Jeff and 2 years in Leeds, I spent 7 years in Ashkelon, Israel, 37 years in Manchester, and now live in North London. I brought up three sons, became a Psychiatric Social Worker, and wrote a novel or two. Through all these activities, I consistently planned and wrote plays.
In the nineteen nineties I was awarded an Arts Council Theatre Writing Bursary. Three scripts, including my second radio play FAT have been translated – into German, Portuguese and Hebrew respectively. In the section `Plays,` you will find details of the ones I have written, including my new play, `Remedies,` which is about people whose lives are affected by the little-understood illness popularly called M E. Then there`s the one I am currently beginning to research and writing. (The Cottage.)
My short story `By Madeleine Black` appeared in the spring issue ( 16.1) of the literary journal Stand Magazine. `Waving in the Wind` is published on the website Words for the Wild. A colourful website featuring writing about the relationship between nature and urbanism. My story `From the Dining Room Table` is published in the Momaya Press 2018 Anthology of Short Stories, called Coming of Age. The Dressmaker, a new story, has been selected for online publication by Litro Online – going live on April 14th,
With a post-graduate diploma in Ethics and Social Welfare, I have an active interest in Mental Health, particularly its social and cultural dimensions. In August I participated in The Unbroken Festival, in Barnes, run by the talented Emma King Farlow. I wrote and directed a short play Hanna, presented in the festival`s showcase evening. I ran a creative writing workshop which was really lively. The Unbroken Festival explores connections between the worlds of mental health and the arts. I loved it.
I am interested in new writing projects, and like location work. Eg I was Writer in Residence at Greater Manchester Police Museum, where I enjoyed researching in the archives before writing Fire in the Park – set in Manchester in 1885.
I love writing groups. Until this week I have been running a monthly group at Osidge Library, N22 which has now closed. And a new one is opening! I have already got the necessary Public Liability Insurance, and a new fortnightly group will launch in a week or two at Trinity Church, North Finchley, from 6.00 – 8.00, day. Full details to be finalised.
If you are likely to be interested in my work, then you will become acquainted with me best by reading my blogs. I hope that in this way I will also become acquainted with you. I enjoy corresponding with people!see my plays