I am a sixty-something new writer who has been given the gift of retirement to pursue the things that interest me. Having worked all my life in education as a librarian, you might gather I have a passion for books. Over my forty year career, I worked with infants right through to university students and found each age group a delight to work with. Here are some of the books I like to read.
Born In Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England
Educated mostly in Lincolnshire, apart from a year in Singapore
Attended library school in Birmingham and university in Brighton
Worked in Lincolnshire, various Midland towns and counties and latterly in Sussex.
Interests reading, of course, family and social history and travelling to new places.
How did I come to take up writing?
Following a retirement trip to Australia and knowing a little bit about my husband’s family, I came back enthused and wanting to find out more and my sister in law asked me to write it down. So I began to write; not since my teenage years have I written fiction and then two embarrassing novels written long hand in the style of Georgette Heyer. Even then I was fascinated with the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
My research led me to voluntary work with the Female Convicts Research Centre, where they allowed me to work through all the convicts on the ship Henry, finding out as much as possible about their backgrounds and how they fared after their arrival in Van Diemen’s Land. I am now working on my fourth ship Cadet. This is important work in understanding the value and skills that these women brought to early Australia. Until recently their contribution was ignored and derided. In 2015 I attended their seminar in Hobart and was delighted to meet other volunteers.