Growing up in rural East Anglia, at seventeen Maggie left for Art School in swinging sixties London and by 1969 was working as a fashion designer, as well as a fashion illustrator and copywriter.
Realising the fashion world was not for her she approached The Save the Children Fund, working for much of the next decade, first in draughty church halls and then in the infectious diseases unit of a London teaching hospital, as a play therapist, leaving in 1979 to freelance as a children’s book illustrator.
Soon drawn to the adult world of cartoons, her early strips won a place in the 1983 Sunday Times International Cartoon Competition, opening the door to her work appearing in The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent and the New Statesman, as well as women’s magazines and other periodicals; a collection, One Woman’s Eye, was published by Virgin Books. Cartoons were also published in anthologies in the UK, USA and Europe, including Ouch! her winning entries for the New Statesman International Cartoon Competition 1998.
Swapping dip pen for computer to concentrate on words alone, in 2002 she moved to the Suffolk coast. Since then poems have appeared in Mslexia and in Lines in the Sand: New Writing on War and Peace (Frances Lincoln 2003), two novels completed and numerous short stories written, many of which have been listed in competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Asham Award and the Bridport Prize, and published by Unthank Books and Virago Press.
In 2014 she moved to Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature.
2017: October – The short story Let Her Go is Seren Books Short Story of the Month. Read online at serenbooks.com
2017: Building Up Hopes and Growing Apart, work from Maggie’s previous life as a cartoonist on show in The Inking Woman: British women cartoon and comic artists at the Cartoon Museum, London until July 23rd
2017: Look! – published on Visual Verse
2017: A Life – longlisted by Fish Publishing
2017: Body Language – longlisted for Ink Tears Short Story Contest
2016: Running Away – shortlisted Ilkley Literature Festival Short Story Competition
2015: Falling – Visual Verse
2015: Bird Brains – shortlisted for the Bridport Prize
2015: Imago – Visual Verse
2014: Another Time – Notable Contender for the Bristol Short Story Prize
2014: The Trip – Visual Verse
2014: Death and the Maiden – published in Unthology 5, Unthank Book
2014: One Slip – longlisted Fish Short Story Prize
2014: Running Away – commended in Words and Women inaugural prize
2014: Bird Brains – longlisted Fish Short Story Prize
2013: September 1940 – published on Visual Verse
2013: Death and the Maiden – accepted by Unthank Books
2013: Appetites – longlisted Fish Short Story Prize
2013: Black and White – longlisted Cinnamon Press
2012: Running Away – longlisted Cinnamon Press
2012: Red Fox Morning – longlisted Fish Short Story Prize
2012: Porkies – longlisted Cinnamon Press
2011: Cold Snap – published in Something Was There, the Asham Award anthology
2011: Reflections in the Blue Lagoon – longlisted by Cinnamon Press
2011: Cold Snap – chosen for the Asham Award anthology
2011: Reflections – longlisted Fish Short Story Prize
2011: That Day – longlisted Cinnamon Press Short Story Award
2010: Dick’s Life – accepted for publication by Unthank Books
2010: Cold Snap – shortlisted for the Asham Award
2007: Flight – longlisted Fish Publishing Short Story Prize
2004: Start-rite – shortlisted for Mslexia
2002: A Woman’s Life – highly commended World Wide Writers
2002: Life After Death – shortlisted World Wide Writers
2002: Frangipane – highly commended Writers’ Forum