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Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings who trained with what were to become top-flight hacks but never wanted to go any further than the depths of Dorset herself. She is an unsigned author seeking a literary agent and publisher.
Maddie discovered Hardy Country thirty years ago, after straying twenty miles over the county border from her native Somerset. After several years without being deported, she couldn't think of anywhere else she'd rather be.
Until, that is, her husband announced he was going to retire and did she fancy living in Corfu for a year.
A whole year, to float around like a Greek goddess and write fiction, renting a house from a bestselling novelist. And why not?
So that's how she ended up in Corfu on a Big Fat Greek Gap Year.
Maddie missed home terribly and the heartache was not helped as she put the finishing touches to A Year in Lush Places a blow-by-blow account of living in Dorset's most enchanted village. There are more writing projects in the pipeline but she's too embarrassed to talk about them right now.
But make a place in your heart for Good Morning, Corfu: A Year on a Greek Island, which was published in Spring 2016. Good Afternoon, Corfu is now underway, with at least another book in the series in the offing, which coincides nicely with the hit ITV show, The Durrells.
In the meantime, take a look at this video by Lush Places musician and record producer Simon Emmerson. It will help you to understand why the pull of home is so strong.
- Shortlisted and commended in Bradt Travel Guides' travel writing competition 2016
- Runner-up in Telegraph and Saga Away With Words travel writing competition 2014
- Saga Magazine's Top 50 Blogs by Over-50 Bloggers 2013
- Included in Dorset Voices, an anthology of new Dorset writing, 2012
- Winner of Marshwood Vale/Little Toller Books 'People and Land' writing competition (writing as Maddie Grigg), 2011
- Google Blog of Note, May 2010
- Shortlisted for Photobox 'Around the World in 80 Days' competition, 2010
- Shortlisted in Bridport Prize poetry competition (writing as Maddie Grigg), 2008