Jackie Brown was born in 1944 in Sheffield and lived in West Yorkshire until she left to read French and English at Newcastle University.
In 1992 she won the Arvon / Observer International Poetry Competition with her collection Thinking Egg.
Writing is half my life, people the other half, each feeding the other till a poem is sparked off.
She spent most of her adult life in education - mainstream, Adult Education and Special Education, as well as a couple of years in Greece teaching English as a foreign language. She tutored on several Arvon courses at Lumb Bank and Totleigh Barton and ran a series of workshops for physically and psychologically damaged people.
Jackie died in September 2008 after a long illness.