I come from the south east of England and graduated from Canterbury University in 1986,with a BA Honours in French and Italian. I moved to France in 1986, to be with my husband.
I have taught at l’Institut Supérieur d’Interprétariat et de Traduction in Paris, notably translation from French to English, Audiovisual Communication and Culture, and Summary writing from French to English. I have also worked at the business school INSEAD inFontainbleau, as Communications Manager for the Development Department and Research Associate, writing articles based on Professor Herminia Ibarra’s book, Working Identity.
My articles have appeared in the publications Insead Quarterly (France), SHE Magazine, The European, France Magazine, Bonjour Magazine (UK) and France Today and Fiberarts (USA).
My play How Do You Do, was produced by the Top Draw Theatre Co. at St. Mary’s Studio as part of the Canterbury Summer Art Events Festival.
My story, Counting Na’an, inspired by school holidays in Iran, won second prize in the Fish Publishing One Page Story competition. Also, Out to Lunch with the Seven Dwarfs was published in the Bridge House Publishing Anthology On This Day and my story It Ain’t Over ‘Till The Fat Lady Sings won third prize in the Chapter One Promotions International Short Story Competition.
I worked for The 2013 International Fine Art Photgraphy Awards.
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My village is situated to the west of Paris surrounded by fields of crops ranging from wheat, maize, rapeseed and other things I can’t identify. We’ve lived here for seven years now and enjoy all the benefits of the country only an hour away by car or train from Paris.
There have been settlements here since the palaeolithic times and the church dates from the 13th century. Around 1670, Louis XIV moved his falconry to Montainville, which provided employment for the whole village. The falconry was in use up to the end of the 18th century and today the magnificent building is both a family home and a gîte, b&b.
Nowadays the village has around 600 inhabitants, who fall into two categories; those people who were born and brought up here, the real Montainvillois, and the dreaded New Comers. The former are not particularly welcoming to the latter and on occasion even demonstrate a certain amount of silent hostility, unless I’m imagining it, but I do know that you could live here for decades and still be considered a new comer.
I can understand their point of view as the village is très prisé, various famous actors or television people have lived here, so the house prices are high. However, there are young families and a primary school, but nothing much happens except the yearly brocante, where I sell books. Most people commute to the near by towns or more often to Paris and the rest of the time keep themselves to themselves, behind closed doors and high medieval walls. All of which suits me as, like many creative people, I like my own company and need plenty of alone time to work on my writing, photography and art, and with everything Paris has to offer not far away, this combination of rural and urban life is perfect.
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