I have been writing stories and poems since the age of about seven, perhaps before that. When 13 years old, I was awarded Highly Commended in a nationwide story competition for St. Johns Ambulance Brigade cadets, which was judged by Barbara Cartland and Peter Cheyney. I also had a poem printed in Mickey Mouse comic!
Two years (1959-61) were enjoyed as secretary to the Editor of Children’s Books at Macmillan’s publishers in London, where I met author Ray Bethers, and I line edited for him five of his short children’s books.
I became local correspondent for three villages for the Newbury Weekly News, our regional independent newspaper, and also their occasional dance and drama critic. During those eight years, no newsworthy happening in the villages was left unreported.