Maddie Grigg

Maddie Grigg is the pen name of magazine writer Margery Hookings. She has a weekly column in the world’s longest-running magazine for women, The People’s Friend, in which she writes about English village life.

The magazine found her through the blog she wrote at the time, The World from My Window.

‘I like your ability to write with humour about the minutiae of daily life, but with a touch of emotional depth, too,’ editor Angela Gilchrist said in an email out of the blue back in 2015.

Margery/Maddie loves Dorset, Corfu and France, landscape, trees, comedy, kindness and The Open University. She hates injustice, bigots, stirrers, cotton wool and offal.

Trained by the Mirror Group in Plymouth, Margery/Maddie is a former editor of the Bridport and Lyme Regis News and has worked in senior communications roles in the NHS and housing.

She is studying for an MA in creative writing with The Open University.

Based in Dorset, she also spends time in south west France.