About Me

Photo on 2011-04-08 at 19.51 #3 Hello. This is me. I live in a small corner of western Scotland, just outside Wigtown, which is our National Book Town.

The most famous shop in Wigtown.

The most famous book shop in Wigtown.

 

 

 

 

This is perfect for a writer like me because there are always ‘writerly’ events going on and a whole circle of published and unpublished writers to meet up with and compare notes.

I was born in Calcutta, India, and lived there with my Scottish parents until I was fifteen,

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Me with my father and brother on the banks of the Ganges in India

when we moved to England. After I left school I worked in Publishing and Printing for a while, and shortly after I got married I moved to the Far East, to Singapore and Hong Kong, for ten years.

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Hong Kong – our home for two years

I had been writing most of my life but it was here that I found the time to write and publish non-fiction articles and later, a series of books.

Our house in Singapore where we lived for eight years

Our house in Singapore where we lived for eight years

When I returned to England I began teaching literacy and creative writing, as well as writing and publishing my first short stories. A decade on, I moved to Scotland and began writing and publishing poetry.

My husband and I had quite a lot of adventures in Scotland before we found the perfect house and garden that we wanted to call home. We lived and worked in a castle for a while and on two landed estates.

The courtyard of Megginch Castle near Perth

The courtyard of Megginch Castle near Perth

I had a couple of difficult years after the death of my parents and then, quite suddenly, I didn’t want to write any more. I know that doing something else creative can help sometimes. I joined Pinterest and became excited about art and illustration, as well as the patchwork, quilting and embroidery that I used to enjoy when my children were young. I thought I might take it up again.

I have started writing a little again recently, mostly poems to accompany the work of artist, or a bit of fast fiction, nothing very long because the EPP bug seems to have taken over.

At first I wanted to try so many things that I began in the wrong place, or in other words, not at the beginning. I started by making things that were too difficult for me.

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A ‘card’ for my brother in law’s wedding

I began my making houses, as well as birthday and wedding ‘cards’ for friends and relatives with messages on the back.

 

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A ‘card’ for my husband’s birthday, which is also Valentine’s day

They took ages and somehow, through trial and error, they turned out OK but I want to do so much better.

So, I decided that I needed to serve an apprenticeship of sorts and begin at the beginning, with simple squares and rectangles….

This blog is my my record of what I do and learn, and I hope that some of you will accompany me, and that perhaps you will share some of what you know, too : ))

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2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Lesley – I loved reading about you. I found you after you liked my comment on dear Anthony’s poetry site. Sounds as if we have some creative things in common. I’ll be following to see how your projects go. All best,
    Molly in San Diego

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    • Hello Molly, Welcome! It’s lovely to connect with you. I have been on the verge of giving up this blog, wondering who on earth would want to follow a newbie stitcher who doesn’t blog very regularly. But now here you are, renewing my enthusiasm. Thank you. I am hoping to make a few things for friends for Christmas and now I am feeling braver. I am following your blog, too. I don’t know much about jazz but decided maybe I could learn a little about that, too. I’d love to hear about your art.

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