Margaret grew up in Ulster during the Troubles, but has lived in the Scottish Borders for over twenty-five years. In the past she has lectured in English and Communication Studies, and tutored Adult Creative Writing Classes, but currently spends the majority of her time writing, with the remainder divided between emergency fostering and church-related voluntary work.
She is an avid reader, an active member of writers’ groups, both locally and online, and has hosted and participated in a variety of courses, writers’ seminars and conferences.
Her Most Recent Writing Credits:
Winchester Short Story Prize 2009
Chrysalis Short Story Prize 2010
Historical Fiction Winner, Harper Collins/Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition 2011
Adult Prose and Overall Winner, Neil Gunn 2011
Shortlist Mslexia Short Story Competition 2012
She has also been long-listed for the Matthew Pritchard Award and the Fish Short Story, and twice long-listed for the Fish One Page Prize.
In September 2011 Margaret was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship, enabling her to complete a major edit of The Turn of the Tide.
Her writing has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA including Women and Home, The Paumonak Review, The Best of 2009 (Winchester), the Scottish Book Trust anthology Days Like This, and Border Voices.