The writers

Maddie Grigg

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings. She writes about country life in Dorset and Corfu in the award-winning blog, The World from my Window. Maddie/Margery has a first class honours degree in humanities with creative writing from the Open University and a post graduate diploma in classics and ancient history from the University of Exeter. A farmer's daughter, Maddie/Margery was born near Ilminster, Somerset, and moved to Bridport in 1982 when she was 20,after training as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers in Plymouth. She is married with two children, three step-children, five grandchildren and lives in a permanent state of anxiety. Her novella, A Year in Lush Places: Tales from England's Rural Underbelly, was published in the summer 2013.

Mitch Norman

Mitch Norman was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, and moved to West Dorset in 1965. He is a popular local musician and song writer. A DJ and an enthusiastic record collector of soul music, Mitch has also made several recordings of acoustic music,played guitar in local groups and now performs as a solo artist. He is a painter in a naive style and exhibits his work. Well, Fare Thee Well is his first book. Written some years ago, it was left in a drawer in his garage until recently rediscovered. 

S C Geraghty

Sean Geraghty was born in London and spent most of his early childhood there and in Bedfordshire. He moved to West Dorset at the age of 11 in the 1970s. He went to Woodroffe School Lyme Regis, Monkton Wyld School and Weymouth College. In 2000, he gained a BA in scriptwriting from Bournemouth University Media School.Sean has worked as a musician and actor, including in the West End and national tours, and he has worked in numerous other roles in film production, from running to acting. Sean has written for TV and developed many projects, large and small scale, for film and stage. He has fronted the band The Sidekicks since 2001 and writes and records music occasionally as well as working on writing projects, doing the day-job and enjoying family life. Sean has three children and four grandchildren in the south west.

Jenny Billett

Jenny was a local singer and artist working in stained glass and other media. She spent her childhood in West Dorset and was educated in Dorchester. She sang and wrote folk songs and was a part of the Bridport folk scene in the 1990s. She sang with Mitch Norman, the Madrigals and Show of Hands. Jenny died aged 25 years in 1994 attempting to rescue a stranded sheep from the cliff top at Thorncombe Beacon, near Bridport. Her manuscripts were found in her belongings after her death and are published posthumously for The Bridport Press by 

Jenny had an affinity with children and worked as a nanny for several years. In her spare time she walked in the countryside where she pursued her interest in nature and wildlife. She lived near Bridport in West Dorset where she had a studio.

Jan Eade and Helen Billett 
Jan Eade is an ex-nurse who lives in West Sussex by the sea. She is the mother of Jamie and Jessica. Jan sketches in her spare time and writes poetry as a means of expression. She is also a doll’s house enthusiast. 

Helen Billett is a close friend of Jan and an ex-nurse. She is the wife of Mike and mother of Sonia and Jenny. Her main hobbies are sewing and art history. Helen was born in Australia but has lived in England since her marriage in the 1960s. She lives on the coast in Dorset. 

W.Percy Withers
W. Percy Withers was the grandfather of Bridport Press founder Margery Hookings who writes fiction under the name of Maddie Grigg. Percy was an ordinary man who led a happy life as a tenant farmer in his beloved Somerset in the first half of the 20th century. Like so many ‘ordinary’ men, Percy was caught up in extraordinary events when war broke out in 1914. With the North Somerset Yeomanry, he fought on the dreadful battlefields of The Somme and lived to tell the tale. 

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