Born in Surrey in the south of England, I was educated in Epsom and studied modern languages at the University of Edinburgh. I gained my postgraduate diploma in librarianship at the Polytechnic of North London (which is now the University of North London) and subsequently worked in various roles such as children’s librarian, branch librarian, information officer at a children’s charity, manager of a technical library for consulting engineers, librarian and factotum at a community centre on an island in the South Pacific and adviser to the head librarian at the National Library of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.
While living and working in Fiji in the South Pacific I became a Bahá’í and I particularly enjoyed living in that multi-cultural society. In the course of my career I have worked in many parts of the world and had the bounty of serving for six years in Haifa as Acquisitions Librarian at the Bahá’í World Centre Library. Nowadays I live in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with my husband Andrew.
I am author of A Seed in Your Heart: the Life of Louise Mathew Gregory, published by George Ronald in 2018. I became interested in the life of Louise Gregory, the English wife of Hand of the Cause of God Louis Gregory, while living in Bulgaria and studying the history of the early Bahá’í community in the Balkans. This led me to research Louise’s background, her education and her extensive travels for the Faith, and to write her biography. I am fascinated by the lives of early Bahá’ís and am especially interested in researching and writing about early Bahá’í women who served the Faith and achieved so much but who, I feel, may have until now been overlooked.