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Audrey Weigh Audrey Weigh i(A6611 works by) (birth name: Audrey Iris Weigh)
Born: Established: 1934 Blackpool, Lancashire,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1969
Heritage: English
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BiographyHistory

The daughter of Victor Norman Weigh and the British author Grace Iris Weigh (who published novels as Iris Weigh), Audrey grew up assisting her mother by counting words and underlining stage directions on play scripts. She taught herself to type and sold her first story when she was eleven years old. It was read on the BBC Children's Hour and later published in a magazine. She had several other stories published in The Guide magazine and magazines published by Amex Publications (for children) and wrote her first novel-length story while she was still at school. It was accepted in 1951.

From the age of three years she studied ballet and was expected to become a professional ballet dancer. However, on leaving school she started work with the Blackpool Borough Police and in 1955 joined the Metropolitan Police, London. She later became the first Woman Police Officer in the Bahamas, where she set up a Women's Branch. She kept up her ballet and danced with the Nassau Civic Ballet for three years. She gave ballet private lessons until 1998.

Audrey moved to SA in 1969 and later gained a BEd and a DipTeach at Salisbury CAE. She taught at a little subsidized school at Ayers Rock for two years, and at St Joseph's School, Woomera, for eight years. She enjoys travel and has lived in several other countries for long periods, including Canada, Mexico and Greece. In recent years she has travelled widely in Asia. She regularly writes travel articles and has published a travel book for women, Just Go (2001). She is a member of the SA Writers' Centre and the Seaside Writers and used to belong to the Brighton Writers Workshop (now closed). She was awarded a scholarship to the Creative Writing Centre, Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanjuato, Mexico in 1967 and was awarded a Certificate of Merit at the Ninth International Three-day Novel-Writing Competition in Vancouver, Canada in 1986. She wrote a series of commissioned articles for Rotorua's Daily Post (NZ, 1961). She also wrote a documentary, "Housekeeping in Mexico", for radio, and with Lesley Kurek wrote Caring for Wildlife at Home (1997). In 1997 she set up the company Cushion Books for self-publication.

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  • Born elsewhere; moved to SA
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