My name is Margaret Bateson-Hill.
I was born and grew up in Blackpool, Lancashire. At university I studied Drama and English, going on to run drama workshops for children.
I live in Brixton in South East London, one of the cross-roads of our world where many cultures and peoples meet and an ideal place from which to travel into the world of story.
My hobbies include singing and reading- infact I like to read all the time!
My favourite children's books are The Earthsea Books by Ursula Le Guin - especially good if you are fond of dragons; but I have also really enjoyed the Exodus series by Julie Bertanga, Troy by Adele Geras, Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin, The Wind Singer Trilogy by William Nicholson and The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean as well as the Harry Potter books and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy, Chaos Walking Trilogy and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Recent favourite reads include The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and Phoenix by S.F. Said.
My favourite adult writers are Jane Austen, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman
I have not always wanted to be a writer; in fact at school I wasn't very good at writing stories, I much preferred acting them out. My sisters and I used to act out stories that we'd made up. We would include songs as well.
My dad used to tell me stories every night. Either he would read one or make one up.
I also remember reading hundreds of fairytales as a child - all the Andrew Lang colour book fairy tales, Grimms, Hans Christian Anderson.
My favourite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast
My favourite colours are pink and purple
My favourite mythical creature is a dragon
As well as being an author I tell stories in schools, libraries and many of our museums including the Victoria and Albert, the British Museum, the Foundling Museum and I am one of the team of storytellers for the Horniman Museum.
I have worked with various underfives groups across London bringing books, stories and songs to pre school children and their carers