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Margaret Southall

Margaret Southall


Although born in Wolverhampton, Margaret was raised in the holiday resort of Eastbourne on the English South Coast. There it wasn’t difficult for her to become interested in history: her home was a couple of blocks from the redoubt and martello towers built to repel Napoleon, a few miles from the old Roman fort at Pevensey Bay, where William the Conqueror landed, and a half-hour train ride from Brighton with its Royal Pavilion. Margaret began her “literary” career making up stories to tell her sister when they were young.  Her first “published work” was a story she wrote at age ten for her elementary school’s “annual”, a book written, illustrated and hand bound by the senior class. Her first journalism job was with a freelance news agency serving Eastbourne and area for the national daily, London evening, and Sunday papers, the Press Association, television and radio.  She then worked at the bi-weekly “Eastbourne Gazette and Herald” as a reporter and then sub-editor, the latter post teaching her much about the use of the written word. After immigrating to Canada she became editor of a weekly paper in a small town in the wilds of Northern Ontario, and then news editor of an Ontario evening daily paper. In addition to university courses, she has a certificate in dramatic scriptwriting with honours and a creative arts certificate, also with honours from Algonquin College, Ottawa.  Her interest in history also led her to become a docent at the Canadian Museum of Civilizaton, Ottawa, teaching Canadian history to schoolchildren. Margaret is a lifelong bookworm, who loves doing research.  Her other hobbies are travel, art, theatre and fine dining.

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