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Hilary Forde Chalkly

Hilary Chalkly left school to work in an office she also was a medal-winning ballroom dancer in the evenings. She married and had three children. Then owned a nightclub for which she designed and compiled a brochure. This led to writing articles for various music magazines including two for The Melody Maker. She followed this by producing and presenting a hospital radio show for which she compiled an annual patients’ magazine for fifteen years. Prompted by her children she attended a local college part-time Creative Writing course; became a member of The Romantic Novelists New Writers Scheme. Then went to City Lit in London and finally Kingston University for her master’s degree. As an eighty-three-year-old graduate BBC TV News Filmed and broadcast her ceremony. She has completed the first book and is now editing the second of a three-book sage “Though The Manor Gates” The setting is a Manor house built between 1630 and 1680 previously owned by her family and she knew it as a child.

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