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When I was at school, I used to enjoy writing stories and poems but as an adult, I focused my energies on living my life. My career included working in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Pakistan and in the UK. After retiring from work in 2006, I wanted to write my memoirs. I took two Open University creative writing courses and joined the Hastings Writers’ Group, of which I am currently the Chair. Slowly, and with a lot of help from ‘real’ writers, my first book, A Dangerous Place to Picnic, a memoir of my time in Afghanistan, was born. In 2013 the first chapter was placed first in a Hastings Writers’ Group competition, and in 2014 an earlier version of the book was long-listed in the Mslexia international memoir competition. I now have two sons and daughters-in-law and four grandsons. My husband and I live in the delightful seaside town of Hastings, where my hobby is caring for five beautiful hens. Oh, and writing, of course!

Eileen Masters

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