MARGARET HAWKINS has been working as a freelance journalist since 1990 and writes feature articles principally for the Irish Farmers Journal. She has been the paper’s health columnist since 2003. She has had short stories published, one-act plays staged and a book – Restless Spirit: The Story of Rose Quinn – published by Mercier Press in 2006. Her radio essays have also been broadcast on RTE 1’s Sunday Miscellany and included in two of its anthologies. She self-published her first novel Deny Me Not in 2013. She is an Ireland’s Own Short Story competition winner and a finalist in RTE’s PJ O’Connor Awards twice. Margaret has also been a TV critic and opinion columnist with The People and enjoys researching, producing and presenting radio programmes.