November 25, 2017

Biography

 


winter 2012

I was born on Epiphany or Twelfth Night, 1945, in Palmerston North, a fifth generation New Zealander of Irish/Danish origins. Just after my eleventh birthday, my family immigrated to the USA, and eight years later I settled in Switzerland with my Swiss husband. We have two children and four grandchildren.

While teaching English as a foreign language, I published two textbooks, one for the Swiss Railways and one for pilots preparing their international aeronautical radiotelephony license.  For five years I was on the editorial committee of the Swiss journal Ecrire and in 1993 I became a founding member of the Geneva Writers’ Group and part of its steering committee for fifteen years.

In 2008, I published Blowing Feathers, a memoir in my mother’s voice. A year later, I was the editor of Offshoots 10, the Geneva Writers’ Group’s anthology, which celebrated it’s 20th year of publication with that issue.

My poetry collection Transition was published in Switzerland by Editions du Madrier in December 2011. In March 2015, I was invited to read two poems at the United Nations in Geneva in celebration of World Poetry Day 2015.

I am a member of three writing associations:PEN centre Suisse romandNew Zealand Society of Authors,  Geneva Writers’ Group. I am also a member of the Chateau de Lavigny Writers’ Retreat selection committee.