A Little About Me

A little about myself. When I left Hendon College, I began my working career in a typist's pool where along with other girls, I was called upon to take dictation and type letters from a variety of men. Other aspects of work included, Occupational Therapy for the Elderly, p.a. to a laboratory manager of an American Soap Company and sworn to keep the company's secrets act. Another real fun experience was working for a famous building company.

However, when my sons reached their early teens I realised I would soon be redundant as a mother and decided on a new career. I trained as a mature teacher at London University, and followed this by attaining a B.A. I ended my teaching career as Head of an Upper School and began, at first a hobby, writing.

When I look back on my early writing I almost cringe, but over the last decade I have improved. Unlike my co writers, also my friends, I have yet to have a short story published in a woman's magazine. I enrolled for The Writers Bureau Course and attended Writer's holidays at Caerleyon University and Fishguard. I joined Phrase Writer's group, Hillingdon and was the secretary for eight years. I have also attended playwriting seminars led by Emma Rosoman at Richmond Theatre, London.

My Plays:

  1. Christmas dialogues for Louise McIntyre, solo actress.
  2. Eight short plays for 8-16 year olds for the Theatretrain Company, Bracknell.
  3. "Connie's Boy" recorded on Mount Vernon Hospital radio.
  4. "A Certain Monday" placed in a national competition.
  5. "In Less than Ten Minutes" - given a reading at Covent Garden Theatre Museum by professional actors.
  6. Play "Commoner to Coronet" an 18th century scandal for which I was granted lottery money. This play was commissioned by trustees of Cranford Estate.

I am proud to have received a Certificate of Merit "In recognition of an outstanding contribution to the Arts in the London Borough of Hillingdon"

In twenty-fifteen I joined Hillingdon Narrowboats Association as their storyteller. My first stories for the Association was at Hallow'en and later that year three weekends telling Christmas stories to children on their way to meet Santa Claus.

I also tell children's stories to young visitors at the London Canal Museum, Waterways Carnivals and schools. During the Literature Culture Bite week, London Borough of Hillingdon, I read to and helped children to write their own stories for an anthology.