Author: Jenny Steele Scolding

Born in Dorking, Surrey, in 1943, Jenny Steele Scolding started her working life in the BBC Overseas Service. She went on to travel and work all over the world, including 20 years as a film and television researcher in Ottawa, New York and London. In 1986 she moved to Cadgwith, Cornwall, with her husband, Bill, and their two children. In 2000 she was awarded a writer’s residency at Fundación Valparaíso in Spain, and in 2006 her Immigration Monologues were performed in London. She has written A Guide to Cornish Fish, two children’s books and, recently, her memoirs Vagabond Girl.

Pieces of China

Jenny Steele Scolding

Lhasa is packed with pilgrims, poor country farmers and nomads who visit the monasteries and temples every winter. Their obeisance involves dragging themselves on their bellies across the square and round the temples, their knees protected by rags, their hands by wooden blocks. In the Potala, one-time palace of the exiled Dalai Lama, those who […]

The Lizard’s vagabond girl

Jenny Steele Scolding

I lie in bed and listen to the waves crashing on the shore. I pull back the covers, cross the bedroom and settle into my rocking chair in front of the window that overlooks the sea. Down in the cove, the fishermen have pulled the boats up high; a storm is brewing. I always start […]