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Lorraine Gibson is an award-winning journalist of 20 years, who cut her writing teeth on her local paper in Bournemouth. Inspired by her beautiful Dorset surroundings, she is widely published in regional and national titles and is now a freelance writer, with a passion for local history. 


Living close to Brownsea Island, she became intrigued by its role in the birth of the Scouting movement while writing a feature about it. After delving deeper into the world of the Boy Scouts and their famous founder, the extraordinary and astoundingly-eccentric Robert Baden-Powell, she was hooked. When, in the summer of 2020, she covered a fight between Scouts and protesters, hell-bent on throwing Baden-Powell’s statue off Poole Quay, directly opposite Brownsea, there was no going back.


Robert Baden-Powell: A Biography is her first book and it is, like its subject, thought-provoking, contrary and full of ripping yarns. Lorraine lives in Bournemouth with her husband and two daughters.