I was born in Bloxwich Maternity Home in 1961. I attended Redhouse Junior School, and Aldridge Grammar School, (later Aldridge Comprehensive School). My degree in English was awarded to me, despite many distractions, by the University of London (Royal Holloway College).
I have worked in the international, temperature controlled haulage industry for too long.
My noisy, opinionated, much travelled, old Yorkshire pudding and I have been happily wed for nearly 22 years.
I feel deeply connected to Staffordshire, its soil, its people and its history. Tipton, Walsall, Aldridge, Shenstone, and Stonnall are particularly important to me because my ancestors have roamed and toiled there for as many generations as I can determine. Orgreave and its environs fascinate because they have been my daily environment throughout our married life.