The Author is a researcher into the idylls, history and tragedies of the working man and social classes of our past and present society. Her ancestry stretches back into twelve century aristocracy, almost to the Norman Conquest.
Her seventeenth century forebears include members of the Oxford and Cambridge coterie and Vicars and Rectors of Blackwell, Crich and Shirland churches. During her eventful life, Lila has havested grapes in France, been one of Billy Butlins elite force, a dance teacher, choreographer and entertainer, a nippie and cook at Lyons Corner House in London, newspaper correspondent, writer, and many other colourful roles.
She is a qualified chef, an accomplished public speaker and a housewife, mother and grandmother. Her many and varied interests include traditional English and American poetry, belles-letters and Association of Speakers Clubs, A.S.C of which she is a member, having held local Presidency twice in addition to Area Presidency. Travel and reading also plays a major role in her life.
Lila enjoys semi-retirement with her husband Hal on the beautiful Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. One might say that she is a wise and worthy graduate of Lifes University - her poetry testimentory in its variety
Born in the village of Huthwaite, on the Nottinghamshire Derbyshire border, I was afforded the inspirational beauty of both counties. Experience from both industrial and social environments were anvils on which to shape many thoughts and ideals, and a great appreciation has been carried throughout my life, for the interest and encouragement of dedicated teachers at the New Street schools, and their love of the written and spoken word - most especially infant teachers Miss Wells and Miss Gascoigne and the juniors Headmaster Mr Simpson, who nurtured those arts in me, and to whom I shall ever be grateful.
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