Margaret Coles is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. She was a television and radio reporter and presenter at the BBC, where she worked on the flagship news programme Today, The World At One, PM, Woman's Hour and Newsnight. At the World Service she presented current affairs, science and arts programmes. Subsequently she was for several years a business columnist at The Sunday Times.
Margaret now writes for the theatre, her first love, where she began her career as an actress. Her stage plays include Senghenydd, the story of Britain's biggest mining disaster, first performed at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, and The Queen's Fool - about a young Elizabeth I and her woman fool - co-written with Susan Evans and first performed at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler's Wells. She also has a media consultancy, lectures journalism students, gives talks at conferences and business clubs and runs creative writing and storytelling workshops.
Margaret's leisure hours are occupied by family, friends, theatre, choral singing, hill walking, reading, sketching and enjoying her garden.