Christine Ritchie was born & brought in the Black Isle, of Gaelic-speaking parents though not fluent herself. She studied at Aberdeen University, then taught English & Geography at Fraserburgh Academy. Married (now widowed) with 3 children. She was involved for many years with Epilepsy Scotland, serving on the Board of Directors with 3 years as Chair. Now retired, Christine is secretary of Fraserburgh 50+ Walking Club and has recently become co-editor of the Grampian 50+ Network magazine. She is also a voluntary adult literacy tutor.