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CodeNA8793
Dates1932-
Person NameLingard; Joan Amelia (1932-); author
SurnameLingard
ForenamesJoan Amelia
Epithetauthor
ActivityJoan Amelia Lingard, author, was born in Edinburgh, where she now lives, in 1932 but grew up in Belfast, where she lived between the ages of two and eighteen. In Belfast she was educated at Bloomfield Collegiate School. Having returned to Edinburgh she attended Moray House College of Education, where she trained as a teacher. She taught until 1962, when she became a full-time writer. Lingard has been a member of the Scottish Arts Council, 1980-1985, from whom she received an award in 1994, Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, 1980-1986, and a Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. Her first novel 'Liam's Daughter' was published in 1963 and has been followed by another thirteen to date, most recently 'The Kiss' (2002). She has written more than 40 children's books and a number of plays for television, including the 18 part series 'Maggie'. She was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services to children's literature.
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