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, appeared in Litro Online – in April 14th. The Dressmaker will also feature in this year`s Didcot Writers Anthology of Short Stories, titled First Meeting.
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. My new group is about to open. Still one or two places available. This group launches on Thursday September 12th at Trinity Church, Nether Street, N12 7NN, North Finchley. It will be meet on alternate Thursdays at 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm. The first group is free – a taster. If you decide to commit, then the charge is £90.00 for each series of 6 two hour workshops. If you`re coming, please contact me through this website…..
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!