About

A headshot of Doreen

Doreen comes from Yorkshire and taught English there for a number of years before moving to her current home, near Blackheath in London. After graduating from Leeds University, she studied education in Uganda, where she had the dubious honour of receiving her teaching certificate from Idi Amin! In 1976, she completed an MA degree in Twentieth Century Literature at Newcastle University.

In addition to teaching in a variety of schools, Doreen has worked at a national charity for people with cerebral palsy and has also been Director of Studies in an EFL school for adults. Now retired, she is able to devote more time to her writing and her poems have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Her first poetry collection, Dark Italics, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2017 and her second collection, Substantial Ghosts, by Oversteps Books in early 2020.

Doreen’s debut novel, Sarabande in Blue, was also published in early 2020 by Blossom Spring Publishing. This is a family saga based on a true story that she heard from her grandmother many years ago.

Since 2010, Doreen has been the chair of Greenwich Poetry Workshop and an active member of The Poetry Society’s Greenwich Stanza group. She has given many poetry readings with other poets in a variety of venues, including Blackheath Halls, The Poetry Cafe, West Greenwich Library, Blackheath Bookshop, Greenwich Yacht Club, The Concert Artistes’ Association in Covent Garden and the Boulevard Theatre in Soho. She is open to receiving invitations to read her poems with fellow poets and is also happy to come and talk about her novel to reading groups in and around London.

In her spare time, Doreen enjoys watching tennis (she was once a county tennis player and part-time tennis coach), teaching herself to play the piano and being the willing slave of a black and white cat called Gracie!