Jessie Kesson

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Jessie Kesson (October 28, 1916 - September 26, 1994), born as Jessie Grant McDonald, was a Scottish novelist, playwright and radio producer.

Life[edit]

She was born in a workhouse in Inverness and brought up in Elgin and then in an orphanage at Skene, Aberdeenshire from the age of 8. In her circumstances, she was not permitted to enter further education and had to go into domestic service.[1]

In 1934 she married Johnnie Kesson, a cattleman, living in Abriachan and then Rothienorman.[citation needed]

Encounters with Nan Shepherd and then Neil M. Gunn opened opportunities in writing, including plays for the BBC in Aberdeen.[2]

She moved to London in 1947, where she lived for the rest of her life. As well as domestic work, she worked as a radio producer, producing Woman's Hour and over 90 radio plays.

Works[edit]

Her writings include The White Bird Passes (1958), filmed for BBC Television in 1980, Glitter of Mica (1963), Another Time, Another Place (1983) which became an award-winning film, and Where the Apple Ripens (1985).


References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray, Isobel. "Writing Her Self". Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  2. ^ Campbell, Alistair. "Jessie Kesson Novelist & Playwright 1916-1994". Retrieved 2007-09-17. 

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