Leaving rural East Anglia for Art School in swinging sixties London Maggie graduated in 1968 to work as a fashion designer, illustrator and copy writer.
Discovering the fashion world was not for her she approached Save the Children Fund, spending much of the next decade working as a play therapist, first in draughty church halls and then in the infectious diseases unit of a London teaching hospital. In 1979, having designed a series of successful posters for the Health Education Council, she left 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 in books, periodicals, and anthologies in the UK, US and Europe, including Ouch! the winning entries for the New Statesman International Cartoon Competition 1998. A collection, One Woman’s Eye, was published by Virgin Books.
Swapping dip pen for iMac 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 (Frances Lincoln 2003), two novels completed, and numerous short stories placed in competitions, including The Bristol Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story Prize and the Bridport Prize, and published in Unthology 1 (Unthank Books 2010), Something Was There the Asham Award-winning ghost story collection (Virago 2011) and Unthology 5 (Unthank Books 2014). Her story Let her Go was Seren Books Short Story of the Month (October 2017).
In 2014 she moved to Norwich, a UNESCO City of Literature.
2018-19: « Au bout du crayon, les droits des femmes : Caricatures, dessins de presse et liberté d’expression. » – a travelling exhibition with 271 female cartoonists tackling women’s rights and freedom of expression. Visit the website for more information…
2018: Maggie’s work is featured in The Inking Woman, published by Myriad Editions. Launched in London on 15 March 2018, this collection celebrates 250 years of women cartoon and comic artists in Britain. Find out more…
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: 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: 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