A Highlander born and bred, I grew up in Lochcarron, Wester Ross where my father was headmaster, went to Dingwall Academy and on to Edinburgh University. I came back north as soon as I could and have lived in Portree on the Isle of Skye for fifty years.
I was married to Harry Henriksen, a teacher and artist for 25 years and have two sons, Ross and Scott, both artists and two bilingual grandchildren, Finn and Molly who live in South Germany.
I taught in Edinburgh and Portree and was headteacher of Uig Primary School for ten years till I had to take early retirement in 1995 because of M.E. and since then, while fighting against the disabilities that loss of energy brings, I have developed my own therapies with writing and drawing and painting (usually in bed!) and have used my voice and my lifelong interest in folk-music to bring song therapy to others in day care centres and residential homes.
I have published three books;
Sing Around Scotland, Ward Lock Educational songs for schools from different regions of Scotland (1984 now out of print)
Scenery of Dreams, Adelaide Independent Review, memoirs, stories, poems and artwork of my own
(2014 now on Kindle here)
Tapestry of Scenes, Adelaide Independent Review, more poetry, artwork and stories
(2016 now on Kindle here)
Without the urging, help and encouragement from my editors and publishers I doubt if these books would ever have been achieved, so to Lucy Hall in England for Sing Around Scotland and to Brian Donaghy in Australia for Scenery and Tapestry I say a heartfelt thank you once again.