Born in Croydon, Surrey, my family moved to Cumberland in 1940, and I went to a small village school until I was eleven, then attended the Carlisle and County High School for Girls. When my family returned to Surrey after the war, I was sent to Reigate High School until I was 16, achieving reasonable grades in seven subjects for The General School Certificate. Then I trained as a GPO telephonist, and worked in Redhill exchange for 2 years before taking a job as PBX operator with Road Transport & General Insurance Co. Married in 1954, I transferred to RT&G’s branch in Knightsbridge, London for 4 years, then worked as a temp for Brook Street Bureau in numerous offices, and demonstrated at food fairs. At Croydon Gas Board I dealt with customers’ accounts queries, and was soon taken onto their permanent staff.
In 1968 we moved to Southampton, and after a few years at home looking after our son, I worked part time as a barmaid in a hotel, then as a driver and clerk for a motor trader, before returning to insurance at General Accident Ltd, and becoming the first female President of the Insurance Institute of Southampton 1985/86. My husband and I moved to Keighley in 1989, and I retired in 1993. It was only then that I started writing poetry, initially inspired by the West Yorkshire countryside. I joined The Airedale Writers’ Circle in 1998. Many of my poems were published in anthologies before I self-published 4 Slim Volumes of poems, and a larger book called ‘It’s About Time’ (2015). I prefer rhythm and rhyme, but have ventured into less structured compositions, and written some short stories.