I was born and brought up in Ireland - Derry (then, alas, a city of murderous religious battles) and the more peaceful Donegal - and attended a peace-loving Quaker school, overlapping there with the actress Judi Dench. This background fostered my aspiration for reconciliation, spirituality and non-violence which run through my writing, including my novels and my portfolio of (to date) eight prize-winning screenplays. Then came Oxford degrees in classics and anthropology, fieldwork studying story-telling in Africa (again influential in my writing, especially my novels and screenplays ), and university teaching in Africa, Fiji, Texas and England, all contexts for learning about ideas, about beautiful words, and, most of all, about people. I am deeply inspired by music, love the countryside and the sea, and am a regular church attender (ecumenical). I have three daughters and five grandchildren, and live in Bletchley, “home of the code breakers” in southern England. with David Murray, my longtime husband. Finally, I love writing, any kind, from academic tomes and dream-born novels to poetry and screenplays, and am lucky enough to have won many prizes and acquired a host of fans - thank you a million times, as inspired readers and viewers and listeners are what makes writing worth while.