|Oct. 28, 1916-Sept. 26, 1994|
Born in a workhouse in Inverness, brought up in Elgin. She was illegitimate and lived with the stigmatism that went with that in that day and age. Her mother became a prostitute to support them and Jessie was removed from her care and sent to an orphanage in Skein, Aberdeenshire. She suffered a nervous breakdown in 1932 and spent a year in a mental hospital. Despite all that Jessie became a successful novelist, playwright and radio producer.
This is a writer I am looking forward to reading for the Read Scotland Challenge! I have already purchased a copy of her most famous book, a semi-autobiographical novel, The White Bird Passes. This book and Another Time Another Place were made into movies. I haven’t been able to locate copies of them though.