Rita Williamson is an Essex girl who moved north to the Cumbrian fells in 1995 and shortly thereafter fell in love with belly dance.
I am self-employed as a dressmaker, tutor and writer.
What do I sew? These days I mostly sew belly dance costumes, but I still turn out the occasional prom dress or spot of bridal wear.
What do I write? In my time I have written (and published) dozens of romantic short stories. I even wrote a book on planning and preparing for your wedding*. Nowadays I write lesson plans and articles on belly dancing and teaching.
I teach belly dance and sewing in Penrith and villages in the Eden Valley in Cumbria.
When not working, gardening or ignoring the housework, I dabble in a variety of crafts from salt dough modelling to silk painting. I am a regular speaker at local WI’s and women’s groups on subjects which include wedding superstitions, public speaking and belly dancing.
The world according to Rita
Life’s too short to iron.
No sequin is too large.
Dancing is IMPORTANT.
* The Unique Bride by Rita Williamson, published by Foulsham.