I have lived in Sedbergh since 1998, having spent my childhood in Kent and most of my adult life in, or near, Manchester.
I was educated at Bradfield College in Berkshire, and then at UMIST (now Manchester University) where I took a degree in French European Studies and Maths, learnt how to make curry and began to get acquainted with the fells and rivers of northern England.
Work in the Media
After graduating, I worked for a few months as a political organiser and election agent. I then spent a year as an advertising space salesman, cheese maker, hospital porter and cab driver, before starting what turned out to be several years work in radio, mostly with BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, on magazine programmes such as You and Yours, Good Morning Scotland, Woman's Hour and Countryside in Spring.
In the mid nineteen–eighties I took a PGCE at S.Martin's College in Lancaster and went on to teach Graphic Design, German and French at schools in Tameside, Greater Manchester. I also taught English as a foreign language to adults and children in England, Iceland and Denmark.
. . . . and back to the Media
On giving up full–time teaching I returned to the media, but this time as a writer, photographer, translator and website designer.