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Here is a short bio of my life so far, and how I became interested in writing...
My life could be described as run-of-the-mill until 1st April 1988.The actual date was apt (April Fool's Day), as I boarded a Swiss Air flight with three children under the age of five. Armed with a garrison of toys and books, we settled down, and the stewardesses cooed over my three little blonde-haired "angels".
Revelling in the attention, my youngest daughter discovered she was wearing a skirt for the first time (yes, I know...bad mother) and proceeded to stroll up and down the aisle lifting her skirt up thus attracting the attention of everyone on board. The stewardesses thought this rather amusing and removed her to first class, where she remained "entertaining" them for the rest of the flight.
One month earlier, Alex, my husband had departed for Istanbul in Turkey and had been living a bachelor>life of sorts courtesy of his employer, a big international company. However, our ultimate destination would be Hendek ( in Turkish..."ditch") a small village in rural Turkey, where no one spoke English, had no idea what Marks and Spencer, was, or what Heinz baked beans were. On one of the few crackling, undecipherable phone calls that I had received after his first visit to our new home, he had intimated...
"It's a bit grim...don't get your hopes up.".
It was , indeed, grim at times..frequent earth tremors, intermittent electricity, water shortages and home school for two of my three children. It was a very character building experience. Our children learned to play with a few cardboard boxes for a few months whilst we waited for our goods and chattels to arrive. During our time in Hendek, our fourth child was conceived.
We eventually moved to Istanbul, and then Ankara (with a year out in Hong Kong inbetween) In Ankara I started to write anything and everything.Most of my work was involved in writing plays/pantomimes/ school assemblies/ general entertainment for the local communities and international charities…free of course. Writing for such diverse audiences was not without its challenges; the hardest being to re-write Macbeth so it could be understood by non-mother -tonguers, and also to make it "funny." My biggest achievement to date, was getting the Italian Ambassador on stage to dance to YMCA. Apparently, it had been a long held ambition of his to do so!
My favouriteplay, however, was "A Midsummer Night's Dream" set on the beautiful lawns of the British Embassy on a balmy Midsummer night.
The Tree with the House in itsits abandoned, probably for the first time in 300 years, but is, at least, cared for as it is grade one listed. John Yates from The National Heritage once said.
"Pitchford is a sleeping beauty of Shropshire and one day it'll wake up again"
I agree, and hope that this my book will be the Prince to wake it up, or should I say, Princess?