Born in 1954, in Bexley, Kent, U.K., as a teenager I worked with horses, later as a public relations executive, and latterly, self-employed as an antique restorer of dolls and teddy bears. I’m a mother, grandmother, dog lover, artist, writer, and collector of the vintage and quirky. Together with my husband, Roger Betts, we have survived five six-month adventures through the French inland waterways aboard our Dutch steel cruiser, Foxy Lady.
I’m currently painting more than writing, mostly oils on canvas, and am aiming to put an exhibition together. In 2016, the artists’ supplies chain, Cowling & Wilcox made me their first featured artist of the year on their blog, Artist Heaven.
In 2005/06, I was employed by Canterbury City Arts Council in readings, presentations and translation discussions at public events, school visits and university seminars, as Kent’s representative for ‘Words Unbound’, an International Writers’ Exchange with France, Belgium and Ireland.
I’ve had poems published in international poetry magazines and ten were translated into French for Mots Déchainés, Anthology of Poetry for Canterbury City Council’s Make it Real International Writers’ Exchange 2005
In 2005 I won 1st in the University of Kent’s T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize and previously, several prizes in international poetry competitions
My first collection of poetry, ‘Courting Professor Alzheimer’ was published in 2004.