Shirley Gault was born in Belfast and educated at Carr's Glen Primary school and Belfast Royal Academy.
The mother of two was widowed in 2007 when her husband passed away; he had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body dementia for the last 18 years of his life.
Shirley is no stranger to listeners of local radio in her native Northern Ireland, having had a regular and popular poetry reading slot on Downtown Radio, at present Shirley has her own daily show at BigHits Radio UK.
She began by writing Valentine’s Day rhymes for friends before having her first poetry published. Her style has been described as ‘romantic,’ and she says that being a ‘people person and people watcher’ enables her to cover love in all its forms – love of people, love of places and love of life.