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Now that I'm officially an old dodderer, I've been able to collaborate with my equally doddery sister (she's the one with the car)to dash around the county doing the research necessary to write two books. These are "The Knights Templar in Yorkshire" and "The Creative Heritage of Yorkshire". Our present difficulty is deciding which of our several next-book ideas to work on now.

Background Information

I'd had an interest in research ever since I was old enough to read my Dad's Sunday newspaper, which had a general knowledge crossword in it.   I used to spend the entire week looking up the answers to the clues.   The desire to research and find answers has never left me and as I'm an Aries and love to show off, I started putting my findings down on paper and sending the results off to magazines.   I actually started writing these general interest articles when my first child was born.   I found that a baby + a full-time job + charity work simply didn't keep me busy enough!

When I wrote my very first article I joined a writers' group, principally to get an unbiased opinion on whether my work was any good or not.   I've always been enormously glad I did, because they numbered several professional writers in the group who helped and encouraged the rest of us to a huge extent.   Those professionals are the major influences in my writing life;  I learned so much from them and still apply those lessons in my writing life, not least of which is to help aspiring writers as much as I can.


Two co-authored books published; innumerable general interest articles published in UK and Southern Africa.

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The Knights Templar in Yorkshire
ISBN 978-0-7509-5087-9 Where can you see an effigy of a Templar? What prompted King John to hand England over to an Italian? Who worked for the Templars in Yorkshire? When was sugar introduced into our diets? Packed with information, The Knights Templar in Yorkshire answers all these questions and many more. This book explores what medieval life was like during the Templars' stay in Yorkshire. Not only was it the biggest county in Britain, but in Templar terms it was also the richest. They owned more land, property and people in Yorkshire than in any other county in England. This fascinating volume takes the reader on an intimate tour of the ten major Templar sites established in Yorkshire, and reveals what life was like for their inhabitants – how the land was farmed, what the population ate, how they were taxed and local legends. Illustrated with an intriguing collection of photographs and specially commissioned maps, this book is sure to appeal to anyone interested in medieval history.

The Creative Heritage of Yorkshire
The Creative Heritage of Yorkshire takes you on a tour of the county and shows you the diversity of creative work to be found beyond art galleries and museums. The variety of creativity to be found in the county is as wide as its “broad acres”, and much of it is located in the most unexpected places. The book also covers the stories surrounding each subject, such as why and how it came to be where it is, as well as the people and history connected with it. From prehistoric rock art, via Anglo-Saxon sculpture, medieval frescoes and 18th century painting, to quirky Victorian architecture, 21st century wood carvings and much, much more. If you enjoy art or history – or both, this book is not to be missed.

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