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Margo Strickland

PUBLISHED: 11:07 05 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:12 05 July 2010

Gifted writer, Margo Strickland, died at Ditchingham Hall, Norfolk on June 10, aged 81.

Born in Madrid to English parents, her upbringing in this cultured, cosmopolitan Spanish capital may well have inspired a life-long interest in all around her.

Gifted writer, Margo Strickland, died at Ditchingham Hall, Norfolk on June 10, aged 81.

Born in Madrid to English parents, her upbringing in this cultured, cosmopolitan Spanish capital may well have inspired a life-long interest in all around her.

Encouraged by her father, she trained as an actress, but it is for her literary talents that she will undoubtedly be remembered. Miss Strickland made an erudite contribution to the understanding of Lord Byron with her seminal work “The Byron Women.” This was followed by her biography of Angela Thirkell and her work “Moura: Her Autobiography,” a life of Moura Lympany. Her many other shorter works included “The King Comes to Southwold,” while stories for magazines, essays, poems, translations, and plays all flowed from her prolific pen. Her work revealed her fascination with idiosyncratic personalities, social nuances and artistic milieux. Her three published plays all found successful performance in Norfolk, at Wells-next-the Sea, Sheringham and at Mannington Hall during 2002/3.

Miss Strickland's marriage to the entomologist Herbert Strickland took her to Ghana for several years before she returned to England to live in Hertfordshire and later in Suffolk and finally in Norfolk. A strikingly good looking lady, her literary and theatrical skills will have enriched the lives of many.

She leaves a daughter Diana, son Simon, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held at Dunwich in Suffolk on June 26.

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