LEILA AITKEN trained as a teacher of Home Economics at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. Her career included freelance journalism for several newspapers, craft and gardening magazines, and Leila also scripted and presented craft and gardening programmes for BBC and ITV over a period of twelve years. She is the author of seven books, the latest being ‘The Flower Arrangers Garden’ published by David and Charles. After her retirement Leila took up sculpture and oil painting. She undertakes traditional portraits in oils and enjoys doing head and shoulder portraits of both adults and children achieving a good likeness by working from dozens of photographs which Leila takes herself.