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MARGARET SCOTT was born in Bristol UK in 1934. She was educated at Redland High School Bristol and Newnham College, Cambridge where she read English from 1953 to 1956. After working in a false eyelash factory and teaching in two schools she emigrated to Tasmania in 1959 with her first husband and young son. In Hobart she worked as a research assistant in the Tasmanian Education Department and in 1966 joined the staff of the English Department of the University of Tasmania. She became a senior lecturer and head of the department in 1987 but retired at the end of 1989 to work as a full-time writer. After the death of the legal scholar, Michael Scott, with whom she lived for 15 years, she moved to the Tasman Peninsula.

Since 1989 Margaret Scott has appeared in a number of television programmes and has become a popular public speaker as well as a regular participant in the parodic quiz-show, Good News Week. She has also become much involved in a variety of educational and community projects such as the establishment of a centre for historical and cultural studies at Port Arthur. She is the author of numerous articles and short stories, three collections of poetry, a novel, The Baby Farmers (1990) and a book about the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, Port Arthur - A Story of Strength and Courage (1997). In 2000 Margaret released three books: Changing Countries, which is a collection of essays, poems and stories; Collected Poems, and a novel, Family Album.


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