I was born in Shropshire and moved to the Scottish Borders from Derbyshire with my Glaswegian husband and Lancashire-born daughter in 2002. Here I worked for NHS Borders as a Prescribing Support Pharmacist until retiring (early) in Autumn 2014. During my varied pharmaceutical career I wrote for academic teaching texts and yearned for fictional writing opportunities!
A creative writing course at Borders College got me started and I won the Southern Reporter Christmas Ghost story (adult) competition in December 2014 which gave me great hope!
My participation in Borders Writers’ Forum, Kelso Writers’ Group and Melrose Literary Society has provided great inspiration.
An on-line memoir course during lockdown further fuelled my interest in producing a semi-fictionalised family memoir which I plan to get started in 2022.
I have really appreciated all the support from the many talented writers across the Borders and beyond.
My short story and reminiscence contributions feature in the following Borders Writers’ Forum anthologies:
Waverley and other railways
Coast and Countryside
I enjoyed researching for two recent Revival Editions of The Wilson’s Tales. This is part of a project based in Berwick-upon-Tweed to bring the stories of the 19th century writer and collector, John Wilson, to modern day readers. This really widened my knowledge of the history and geography of the local area in a very enjoyable way.
My most unusual publication to date has been an article in Heavy Horse Magazine about five sets of horse belfry, a legacy from my late brother.