About Maddie

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of former local newspaper editor Margery Hookings, who trained as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers in Plymouth from 1979 to 1982. Maddie was born in 2007 on a creative writing course which Margery studied as part of her Open University degree.

Margery discovered Hardy Country thirty five years ago, after straying twenty miles over the county border from her native Somerset, where she was born and brought up, Laurie Lee-style, on a small dairy farm with her four older siblings.  Margery loves wide open fields, woodland, blue skies, cows, singing, and interesting people. Luckily, so does Maddie.

The two of them are descended on both sides by men who were caught up in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685. And, through this blog, they discovered Ernest Hemingway sitting in the family tree. Hemingway's great-grandfather, the seafaring captain Alexander Hancock, and Margery's great-great-great grandmother, Harriet Hancock, were brother and sister.

Maddie is a weekly columnist for the oldest woman's weekly magazine in the world, The People's Friend, and has written three books. In Dorset, Margery writes for The Marshwood Vale Magazine and has written one book. Maddie wins three to one on aggregate.

If you'd like to contact Maddie/Margery, please email maddie.grigg@yahoo.co.uk


You can follow her on Twitter @maddiegrigg and join her on Facebook.

  • 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, 2008

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