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Franklin Birkinshaw

Born: 1931 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
Nationality: British
Categories: Authors, Essayists, Novelists, Writers

1931 – Franklin Birkinshaw or Fay Weldon, born on the 22nd of September in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, England. She is a British novelist, short story writer, playwright, and essayist whose work has been associated with feminism.

1945 – At the age of 14, after her parents’ divorce, moved to England with her mother and her sister Jane, never to see her father again.

1952 – She went to St Andrews, Scotland to study psychology and economics.

       – Moved to London after giving birth to an illegitimate child.

      – She married her first husband, Ronald Bateman, a teacher 20 years her senior and not the natural father of her son, and started to live in Acton, London.

1962 – At 29 she met Ronald Weldon, an antiques dealer. They got married the following year.

1967 – She published her first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke.

1971 – Wrote the first episode of the landmark television series Upstairs, Downstairs, for which she won a Writers Guild award for Best British TV Series Script.

1980 – She also wrote the screenplay for the BBC miniseries adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul.

1989 – Contributed to the book for the Petula Clark West End musical Someone Like You.

1994 – She divorced Ronald Weldon.

1995 – She subsequently married Nick Fox, a poet, with whom she currently lives in Hampstead, London.