I was born and raised in Lancashire and I have loved astronomy since I was a child. I inherited a fascination of the Moon from my Mum, who was a child of the Apollo era and has always been interested in astronomy herself. I had my head in the astronomy sections of our encyclopaedia set before I could even properly read the text! I was really captivated by a Ladybird book about the constellations and their mythology, and to this day I think of the images in that book when I look at the constellations. I got my first telescope for my 11th birthday, and despite not having a clue about how to use it properly, I did successfully view the Moon through it and managed to do a solar projection using instructions from a book. In the absence of a mentor or teacher of astronomy, I didn’t really progress beyond the basics for many years.
My passion for the subject was re-
I am now a keen astrophotographer and a move to the dark skies of rural Oxfordshire to live with my husband and fellow astronomer, Mark, has helped to fuel this passion. I’m lucky enough to have had my images appear in astronomy magazines, local newspapers and on various tv shows. I don’t have a particular specialist area of astrophotography; basically if it’s in the sky I like to photograph it! I also love astronomy sketching because it makes me feel better “connected” with the object I’m observing if I’m committing it to paper because I have to study it so closely in order to draw it.
In March 2018 I was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. I am also a member of the British Astronomical Association, the Society for Popular Astronomy and the Society for the History of Astronomy.
I have done some astronomy blog and article writing, and have had articles appear in Sky at Night and All About Space magazines. I have made numerous appearances on BBC Radio Oxford, talking about various astronomy events. During the total lunar eclipse of September 2015, we had a reporter in the garden observing the event with me all through the night, recording interviews as the eclipse moved from phase to phase. I even did a live Skype link to them from the USA after we’d seen the Total Solar Eclipse in August 2017! I am also a regular co-
When I’m not doing astronomy related activities, I enjoy other types of photography, I play bass guitar and sing backing vocals in two local bands, The Band Next Door and Equal Numbers. I also enjoy baking, arts and crafts, and love spending quality time with our four cats.
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