Colledge, Anne 1939-
COLLEDGE, Anne 1939-
PERSONAL: Born May 24, 1939, in Ruabon, Denbighshire, Wales; daughter of Frederick (a railway carriage and wagon examiner) and Margaret (a nanny; maiden name, Griffiths) Davies; divorced; children: Helen Margaret, Jennifer Anne. Education: Homerton College, teaching certificate, 1958; Royal School for the Deaf, teacher for the deaf certificate, 1959; Sunderland University, B.A. (psychology and English; with honors), 1985. Politics: Labour. Religion: Church of England.
CAREER: Teacher of the deaf at various locations in the United Kingdom, 1959-99; writer, 1999—.
MEMBER: British Association for Teachers of the Deaf.
Northern Lights, Pipers' Ash (Chippenham, England), 1999.
Contributor of short stories and articles to British periodicals, including Guardian.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Secret Places, a children's novel about "a deaf girl who goes back in history to find answers to her problems, including her mother's illness;" research on the history of the area surrounding Hadrian's Wall, for use in a novel.
SIDELIGHTS: Anne Colledge told CA: "I have always needed to write from childhood. In my work as a teacher of deaf children, I found people knew little about deafness. I hope to help this situation with my books.
"I like David Almond's books for children and Terry Deary's. It is important to persevere when writing as the competition is severe."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Anne Colledge Web site,http://www.annecol.co.uk (June 18, 2003).