My first home was a lunatic asylum on the outskirts of Glasgow. An appropriate beginning for the nutty life I have led.
Today I am an artist/broadcaster/author. Yesterday I was an author and broadcaster, and the yesterday before that I was simply a broadcaster.
A huge chunk of my working life was as a correspondent and presenter for the BBC. I used to appear regularly on TV and Radio from far flung places. I covered wars, famines, disasters, hijackings, politics and other major historical events. I made documentaries about environmental issues and investigative programmes.
I used to present the main news on BBC 1.
All this came to an abrupt and painful end when I fell ill with a condition called SLE, or Lupus. I almost died a few times, actually this is an unfortunate trick I keep repeating. Thankfully I have a fabulous support network who keep me out of the wooden box.
Forced to reconsider and reconfigure my life, I spent the time trapped in bed learning how to paint and writing about my condition. This led to a fabulous discovery - I appear to be able to string words together and put images on paper. I have had a number of books published, medical and historical. I have just completed my first fictional novel, it is a bit racy but what the hell!
Last year I graduated from Chelsea College with a BA in Fine Art. I have shown work in Tate Modern and at galleries across London. I have sold a surprising amount of work and am currently wrestling with two commissions.
At the end of 2011 we moved out of London, I live with my wonderful husband Dr Ian Palmer, Prof of Military Psychiatry. Somehow we managed to upsize into the most amazing Edwardian seaside residence in Whitstable, Kent. I am having a professional studio built at the end of the garden and am planning a scarily high profile show in April 2013.
Love and words