David Simpson was born in Durham in 1967 and lived as a child on a railway station. A graduate of Newcastle Polytechnic David worked at Beamish Museum, The National Garden Festival and was a writer and columnist for The Northern Echo newspaper for fifteen years. He has made numerous TV and radio broadcasts nationally and in his native North East. David is interested in most aspects of British history with a particular passion for northern regions and cities from ancient times to the modern age. He has a special interest in the origins of British dialects and place-names on which he regularly speaks.