I am married with four grown up children, three grandchildren and a spoilt cat. I moved to Surrey in 1968 after finishing teacher training at Bingley College of Education. Earlier educational edification occurred at Galltfaenan School in North Wales followed by A levels at the Manchester College of Commerce and finalised with a honours degree from the Open University.
I worked as a teacher in various Surrey primary and infant schools before taking up writing.
My interests, apart from family and friends, are varied and include going to the theatre and ballet, attending lectures organised by the Arts Society, Weybridge, fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support and meetings and events with the Wives Fellowship, Walton Wordsmiths & the Society of Women Writers & Journalists.
More About Me
I have written another version for my About Me section. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Born in what was Cheshire, now part of Great Manchester – confusing especially when having to fill in forms. At heart feel more Cheshire Cat than Mancunian – Greater or otherwise.
Original family – mother, father and older brother, now all deceased.
Present family – husband, son, daughter, twin sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter – all currently well.
Education mainly indifferent with one exception, sarcastic bullies as teachers at the primary level and mainly apathetic or ineffectual at senior level. Defining how I eventually taught Further education.
One year at the Manchester College of Commerce on a disastrous secretarial course, a year’s frantic A level course, three wonderful years at Bingley College of Education, six years working towards an OU (hons) degree – literature, drama, art history and history.
Moved to Surrey in 1968 – still not used to the humidity. Where I came from “humidity” was somewhere else’s geography not where you lived.
Pets – continuous cat owner with just few months break since 1970.
Loves driving her Honda Jazz.
Likes travelling – although a nervy traveller. Best places visited – Cuba, Alaska, New Zealand and the Scilly Isles.
Would like to see more of the US, Canada and South America and to visit Ireland.
Likes seeing family and friends, going to the theatre and ballet, reading, cooking, re-watching old, favourite films, being by the sea – especially if it’s where the sea meets the countryside – memories of childhood holidays in Nefyn in North Wales. “Clean” eating.
Is a member of the NT, RHS, Arts Funds, RSPB, C of E, Women in Fellowship, The Society of Authors, The Society of Womens’ Writers and Journalists, Walton Wordsmiths.
Was first given the opportunity to write plays by Celia Andrews for The Fast & Loose Theatre Company – look out for An Evening with Cecil Hepworth at the Riverhouse Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames in October.
First novel Threads of Life published by SCRIPTORA 2018.
Second novel Redemption in Eden published by GBP 2019.
Dislikes snakes, crocodiles, people who refuse to queue, being late especially for trains, parking, TV soaps (although devoted to The Archers). Has eaten tripe (northern background) but now not on today’s menu, feathered game, most sport on TV.
Misses dear departed family and friends.
Bucket list – visit a music festival, go to an auction, contract for third novel, loose weight, see long distant friends more often and to stay well, happy, loved and content.
What and Why I Write
I’m from what was Cheshire and is now part of Greater Manchester. The first real recognition I had for my writing was from Chapel Street Primary School in Hazel Grove.
The project for the two-week summer half term had been to write a play based on one of Hans Anderson’s stories.
The head teacher called me into her office, as she wanted to know who had helped me write the play – which was, of course, hand written in bright royal blue ink in my best cursive script. The play was all my own work and I did win the first prize. Although, to be fair I think the lyrics of Danny Kaye’s Ugly Duckling had helped.
The second accolade was winning the poetry prize in my second year at senior school. I can’t remember what or who was the inspiration behind it but I know writing it was a chore rather than a pleasure. I still struggle with verse even simple rhymes or doggerel.
After that, years of making up but never writing down tales to be told in the classroom, adapting stories for school concerts and writing sketches for The Cloak and Daggers – a local amateur dramatic group’s Christmas shows.
After I joined Walton Wordsmiths, a local creative writing group lead by Wendy Hughes – my creative confidence and style improved. With Wendy’s encouragement I entered short story competitions with some success.
But short story writing is hard work and takes a lot of time creating and tweaking a piece until it is the required length and holds together as a whole story
I find writing a longer piece is much more satisfying although it will need constant re-writing and editing I find it much less an arduous task.
All writers are different. Some will let the plot flow and go wherever it takes them but I need to see the whole plot in a single inspired ‘flash!’ – the beginning, middle and especially the end otherwise however good the initial idea and the start is, for me, it just doesn’t work.
My first complete novel still has a great beginning, middle and end but I wrote it before I joined Walton Wordsmiths and begun to benefit from Wendy’s expert guidance, professional know-how etc. It is there waiting to be re-written something that I will find challenging to do. It is a great plot so I will be going back to it. Oh yes, the working title is Ducking the Issue.