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About meOriginally, my parents come from New Zealand, (the two islands nestled beneath Australia). They met through a wrong phone number and never looked back.
Fifty-one years ago, my Father invented the 'Starting Stalls for Race Horses', among other things, installed them throughout the North and South Island (NZ) before travelling the world doing the same.
By the time I came along, my parents were living in Brussels, Belgium. I went to the nice little local kindergarten - where I pinched my teachers' white bread sandwiches as I'd never seen white bread before, only wholemeal, very health conscious Mother - and picked up the Lingo. From Belgium, we moved to the South of France, with adventure-filled stints in Morocco and Tunisia - great fun.
By now, I'm a teenager, with a boyfriend and opinions of my own. So I was none too pleased when my parents upped and moved to Singapore, followed by Australia and New Zealand, where I was politely asked to leave the school I was attending, wait for it... because my politics were not the same as theirs. All this because we lived in the South of France, I spoke French and the Rainbow Warrior had just been blown up by the French. Ooops!
Back then, I wrote poetry, always in French, with the common themes of darkness, desperation, and separation, along with piles of letters to my friends in the South of France - no email, or Internet for that matter, back in the dark ages...
After what seemed like an eternity to a teenager, we finally came back to Brussels and I was shipped off to Boarding School in England, while the parents jetted off to South Africa for business. English Boarding School was a big cultural shock for me, but I survived.
Reprieve at last, after my 'O' Levels I attended a tutorial college in Oxford and was blessed with a superb English teacher, who fanned the sparks of my creative writing. I've always been a big reader, four to five books a week, no problem, So English Literature was a bit of a given.
Eventually I moved to London, did a City and Guilds in Desk Top Publishing, fell pregnant with my son Joshua, now almost sixteen, and followed an Arts Foundation Open University course.
Obviously, from that point on my goals and desires changed, came back to Brussels with Josh - who also speaks French - and worked for the European Commission for a number of years, among others. For some reason I decided to move back to England but the stress of commuting in and out of London for two year took its toll and became too much. So back to Brussels, where I'm still based!
In addition, I'm please to say that after a break of 15 odd years from the Open University, I'm back studying, and successfully completed the Writing Fiction Short course, with the intention of enrolling for the nine month Creative Writing course in October 2007.

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