About Marie’s Place
Whether you’ve stumbled across this windy corner of the interwebs through reading one of my books or because a strange wind blew you up here, you are very welcome!
About Marie Madigan
Hello! I’ve tried to write this About thing three times now. Let’s see what happens. I’m a nature conservationist and writer. I’ve always been a scribbler, a constant diarist and a greedy reader. Despite notebooks full of scraps and ideas it took me years to get around to finishing and publishing anything! Finally I began to submit stories and articles, and I’ve had short stories published in women’s magazines and a number of articles in travel and cycling magazines.
I moved from Ireland to Wales in 1998 and now live with my partner on Anglesey. Most of my working days are spent with him on conservation projects. This can range from messing about in rivers tempting trout to spawn, wielding brushcutters in reedbeds, or planting trees. And sometimes chopping trees down. (Lots of nature conservation work involves cutting things. Counter-intuitive, but true.) That most of our work is physical suits me wonderfully as I’m enormously fond of chocolate brownies, which take some working off.
When I’m not working, writing or reading I love to be outside: wildlife, walking and cycling keep me sane! Over the last seven years I’ve combined these interests on cycle touring trips, which resulted in my writing Cycle Touring For Beginners. I really wanted to encourage others to give cycle touring a go, even if – especially if – all they can manage is a night or two a few miles from home. You can find out more about it and other books published or in the works on the Cycling Books page.
My favourite fiction authors are Kate Atkinson, Ariana Franklin, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and CJ Sansom.
The first novel I ever read was The Hundred And One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith – I’ve still got the copy I had as a child, now coverless and held together with sellotape – and it’s still one of my favourite books. I also read a lot of non-fiction, especially walking and cycling travel memoirs.
I’m struggling to work out what else to tell you, so I thought the easiest thing to do would be to show you some photos of the things in life that make me sing.
Red squirrels. The poster mammal of nature conservation. They are doing well on Anglesey, it being an island.
My Rock, seen here in moody light. This is just down the road from where I live, on a small patch of coast not much walked.
Coasts generally. Some views within a few minutes of my home.
And books. I don’t care what I read on now – tablet, Kindle, phone – but I’ll always love print. Here’s one of my favourite pages from that battered 1971 edition of The Hundred And One Dalmatians, illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame-Johnstone: the Cadpig at the crib.