BENTLEY, Joyce. Also writes as Josie Collins. British, b. 1928. Genres: Novels, Romance/Historical, Biography. Career: Worked as a common law clerk in Manchester, England, 1944-49, and as a secretary, 1970-; Blackburn & Darwen, freelance writer, 1958-; Blackburn Adult Centre, lecturer in creative writing, 1983-; Open University, lecturer in creative writing. Constable Trophy for Northern Writers (now absorbed by North West Arts Council), founder and secretary, 1975-83. Publications: NOVELS: Dangerous Refuge, 1974 (in US as Secret of Strangeways, 1976); Ring of Fate, 1979; (as Josie Collins) The Mad Major, 1980; Proud Riley's Daughter, 1988; Sing Me a New Song, 1990; Peterloo Shadows, 1995. OTHER: The Importance of Being Constance: A Biography of Oscar Wilde's Wife, 1983. Address: Silk Hall, Tockholes, Darwen, Lancs. BB3 0NQ, England.