Born in 1955, a beneficiary of the new welfare state which looked after my health and schooling, and sent me to university with a local authority grant from Kent County Council.
I studied English Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 1973 to 76, got married in 1975, and had two children. We moved South in 1984. I worked in a small independent bookshop in Hampshire then took a law degree at the University of Westminster and began work as a trainee solicitor on the Isle of Wight in 1996. I had a spectacular breakdown in 1997 and spent the next 15 years as a mental patient before bidding farewell to both the drugs and psychiatrists.
I am currently writing about my experiences as a psychiatric patient but am also Grandma to three gorgeous girls, intermittently pursue a messy but enjoyable hobby making prints, love my garden and two moggies: Bert and Stan.