Walk of Fame is on the write path with Sheffield author

Dame Margaret Drabble - the latest 'Sheffield Legend' to have a plaque on the city's Walk of Fame
Dame Margaret Drabble - the latest 'Sheffield Legend' to have a plaque on the city's Walk of Fame

SHEFFIELD’S latest legend to have a star on the city’s Walk of Fame has been revealed as novelist and critic Dame Margaret Drabble.

The city-born author will join the likes of Joe Cocker, Sean Bean, Michael Palin and Jessica Ennis to be given a Hollywood-style bronze plaque outside the Town Hall.

She is to be invited to Sheffield for the unveiling of her star within the coming two months.

Margaret, aged 72, was born in Sheffield in 1939, and spent much of her childhood in Nether Edge. She was the second daughter of the advocate and novelist John F Drabble and teacher Kathleen Marie.

She left Sheffield to be educated at the Mount School, a Quaker boarding school in York, and read English at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Margaret became an actress and worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon before her first novel, A Summer Birdcage, the story of the relationship between two sisters, was published in 1963.

A further 16 highly-acclaimed novels were published over the next 43 years.

Margaret was married to actor Clive Swift between 1960 and 1975. They have three children, one of whom is gardener and TV personality Joe Swift.

In 1982, she got married for a second time to the writer and biographer Sir Michael Holroyd and they live in London and Somerset.

Margaret is a former chairman of the National Book League, and was awarded the CBE in 1980. In 2008 she was made a Dame.

She received the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1973, and holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Keele, Bradford, Hull, East Anglia, York and Cambridge.

Margaret has written biographies of Arnold Bennett and Angus Wilson and edited both the fifth and sixth editions of The Oxford Companion to English Literature.

Launched in 2004, the Sheffield Legends are nominated by local people and chosen by an independent Selection Board representing various sectors within the city.