Basic Autobiography

  • Early Years
  • Teen Years
  • At University
  • Early Adulthood
  • Middle Years
  • Online C V
  • My Scribbling
  • Settled Years
  • Motability 2012
  • Self Image

    Thoughts on ..




    Voluntary Work Experience


    The New Chalet ClubNew Chalet Club

    June 1995 - 2007

    • Membership Secretary. Between 1995 and 2001 my duties involved maintenance of member records, quarterly mail outs and replying to questions about the club.
    • Web Administration. The creation, design and upkeep of the club website (from 1998 onwards) and responding to enquiries about the club.
    • Librarian. The smooth-running of the club's Library.

    Scope - Milton Keynes Community Support Service, Milton Keynes

    Jun 1998 - Feb 2000

    • Responsible for sending out domiciliary invoices, collating transport usage sheets for billing, assisting with budget preparation and the typing of confidential documents as well as routine memos.

    Neat Print (Milton Keynes Resource Centre), Milton Keynes

    Jun 1993 - Sept 1997

    • Preparing estimates for customers, writing letters and maintaining a "dummy" set of figures relating to sales.

    The Spastics Society - East Region, Huntingdon

    Feb 1992 - Sept 1992

    • Part of the core recruitment team involved in the establishment of a service for profoundly disabled adults who were being relocated from a long-stay mental hospital into a smaller community-based service.

    Milton Keynes Resource Centre, Milton Keynes

    Apr 1989 - Jun 1993

    • Secretarial support, including confidential documentation and training handouts, analysing data from databases, spreadsheets and surveys.

    Neath Hill Professional Workshop, Milton Keynes

    Jun 1984 - Apr 1989

    • Typing of training notes for courses run by the staff as well as invoices etc.


    My Writing


    I cannot remember a time when I did not write and following the publication of a non-fiction book by Bettany Press (see below) I am working on a novel called "The Last Robot".


    TopsyWebTopsyWeb holds the outline of "Unseen Childhoods: Disabled Characters in 20th Century Books for Girls" which looks at the way in which twentieth-century writers of girls' fiction have used disability in their books.


    Bettany PressBettany Press published "Unseen Childhoods" in 2009, and the book is unique in that it is written by disabled women who reflect on their personal responses to their selected books. For more information please go to Bettany Press' page about "Unseen ChildhoodsUnseen Childhoods.



    Hobbies And Interests


    I enjoy reading, watching television, writing for pleasure, and I collect children's books both as a hobby and as an investment, in particular, and girl's school-stories written prior to the 1970s. While in Milton Keynes I also enjoyed reading plays with a group called Fletchers Players.


    Between 1998 and 2005 I was List Admin for an e-mail discussion list called Girlsowngoes to an external link, which discusses the appeal of girl's literature from all decades and all forms it takes.


    I find working on websites very calming - even when they don't do what I want them to - and formalised my self-taught understanding of HTML in 2002 when I gained my Diploma in Web Design.


    I was website designer for the New Chalet ClubNew Chalet Club from 1996 to 2004, and in the late autumn of 2003 I was asked to maintaina site for Claire Hall Consultancy (although since then Claire has gone to another web designer), and my umbrella site, called MalosaWebMalosaWeb brings all my websites together.

    Note: the link to Claire's site does not always work first time.


    Educational Qualifications


    Association of Certified IT Professionals


    Diploma in Web Design.

    Keele University, Keele


    Certificate in Information Technology.

    Essex University, Colchester


    B. A. in Literature, 2.i Hons.

    Secondary Education at school and college, Tonbridge and Coventry

    1975 - 1980

    8 'O' Levels, 1 'A' Level and 1 years Open University pass.