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 life in the Dorset village she calls Lush Places, named after William Boot’s nature column in The Daily Beast from the Evelyn Waugh novel, Scoop.

Margery/Maddie loves Dorset, Corfu, France, landscape, trees, comedy, history, community, kindness and The Open University. She hates injustice, bigots, the pompous and self-important, stirrers, cotton wool and offal.

Maddie has been blogging regularly since the dawn of time through the award-winning The World From My Window and a pandemic blog, And The People Stayed Home. These days, expect a blog about once a week if you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you look at it) about days out with Ruby, a naughty but adorable rescue dog. Ruby is a Korthals Griffon.

In a previous life, Margery was trained as a journalist by the Mirror Group and is a past editor of the Bridport and Lyme Regis News. She’s also worked in senior communications roles in the NHS and social housing.

This film was put together by musician Simon Emmerson in the first pandemic and gives you a flavour of the kind of creative and community projects in which Margery/Maddie is involved.

You can find Margery/Maddie on Instagram and Facebook. To get in touch, please email on maddie.grigg@yahoo.co.uk

The beauty of Dorset