Maggie Allder

The Author, Maggie Allder

Maggie Allder was born in 1951 in rural Cambridgeshire, the second of four daughters, to parents who might have been considered mildly rebellious for their time. Her mother came from a middle class family, her father from an urban working class family, and both were taking an unusual route through life when they chose to work in the Land Army during the war. Their marriage was a love match that thrived despite their very different backgrounds, until her father's untimely death when Maggie was 14 years old. The environment in which the girls were raised was one of deep love, acceptance, and a grounding in values of equality and generosity.

Educated at King Alfred's College in Winchester, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, and later Reading University, Maggie spent her working life teaching in one comprehensive school in Hampshire. Although an atheist as a teenager, her spiritual life has been important to her since her college days, and has taken her to various churches and denominations until she finally found her home among Quakers.

As well as writing, Maggie's interests have often brought her into contact with various disadvantaged and troubled communities, from drug addicts to homeless people in Britain and from a black ghetto church in Richmond to a poor white rural community in the Southern Appalachians and a Blackfeet reservation in Montana. Maggie has been involved with the organisation Human Writes which concerns itself with befriending prisoners on America's death rows through letter writing, since 2008.

Maggie now lives in retirement in Hampshire, but still enjoys travel and continues wit her friendships with death row prisoners.

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