Margaret Scott grew up in the countryside near Bristol. After graduating from Cambridge University, she immigrated to Hobart in 1959 with her young family. She taught in the English Department of the University of Tasmania from 1967 to 1989. Her relationship with the Tasman Peninsula began with family vacations and eventually the purchasing of a holiday house at Taranna. After her retirement from teaching she lived at Premaydena, firstly in an orchardist's house, which she lovingly restored, and, following the loss of that house in a fire, in an eco-friendly house on the same site. She was from the outset of her peninsula life deeply involved with the local community. Her relationship with the area began long before she went to live there permanently and her stories and poems reflect her love of the place and the people.