Hugh Cooke was born in Cardiff, literally in the Old Workhouse that became St. David's Hospital, in 1949. He grew up in Stroud, Gloucestershire, but retained his Welshness, stubbornly. After a largely undistinguished academic and sporting school career at Marling School, he returned to Wales to Cardiff University, where he took a degree in English Literature. After this he followed a teaching career, mainly in Germany.
Hugh is a rabid rugby fan, naturally of Wales and Cardiff, not always in that order. It was natural , therefore, that his first literary venture was a rugby book (with Paul Spiring). However, Hugh had already gained a reputation in the local theatre world with his Pantomimes and short plays, so it was soon after that a collection of plays appeared: "Panto for Beginners."
Hugh is married with two children, and lives in a place aptly called Weingarten.