Let me introduce myself: I am Margaret Gill. I was born in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. I was able, however, even as a small child, to escape to the countryside to be alone with my love of nature. I wrote poetry from a very early age and my first novel at fourteen. But later the pressures of teaching full time and raising a family meant that writing was put on the back burner. When I started teaching part time, I began to write seriously and have since written seven children's novels and most recently a trilogy for young teenagers. The second book in the series won first prize at both the Winchester and the Swanwick Writers' Conferences and the Writers' News Trophy for 2005. The third book 'The Eye of the Mandala' had an amazing sequel when I discovered the same ancient Tibetan Scrolls I had written about in the book hidden away in the archives of Northampton museum. I am currently writing a teenage mystery/adventure set in the Isles of Scilly.
Yoga and meditation have always been keen interests and I train teachers of yoga in the Midlands and hope to run a healing course some time this year.
Second Prize for 'Eye of the Mandala' Winchester Conference 2006
First Prize for 'Secret of the Scrolls' Swanwick Writers' Conference 2005 and winner of the Writers' News Trophy 2005
'Secret of the Scrolls' long listed for Cinnamon Novel Award 2005
Highly Commended for 'Brain Changers' Winchester Conference 2005
First Prize for 'Secret of the Scrolls' Winchester Conference 2005