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. . . was born near Manchester, raised in London, married in Birmingham, ran a smallholding and brought up three children on the North York Moors and now lives in South Wales. She was a journalist for many years, writing, among other things, the longest-running by-line column in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

She has won a few prizes and published several books, including a memoir, Three-three, two-two, five six, described by Raymond Tallis as “a masterpiece” and a quirky guidebook to the City of Newport. Of her four volumes of poetry from Peterloo, the most recent, Between Dryden and Duffy, appeared in 2005. A fifth collection, Quaint and Offensive, is scheduled for 2009.