Philip Dalling is a journalist and author with particular interests in speedway racing and regional history/topography.
Born in Derby, he grew up in the Erewash Valley and his first job was with his hometown newspaper, the Long Eaton Advertiser. He first covered speedway racing in the 1960s, at the Station Road home of the Long Eaton Archers. He has subsequently published four books and many articles on the sport and is an associate member of the World Speedway Riders Association.
His first book, Erewash Valley Portrait, looked at the changing face of the landscape which forms the background to many of the finest novels of D H Lawrence, notably Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow. His latest title is The Book of Swimbridge A North Devon Village in the 20th Century. Swimbridge was the home for nearly 50 years of the renowned hunting parson, the Rev John Russell, who bred the first Jack Russell terrier whilst working in the parish.
Following a career in newspapers and in media relations with the former British Steel Corporation, the Central Office of Information and The University of Nottingham, where he was Director of Public Affairs for 22 years, Philip Dalling now lives on Exmoor, close to the Devon/Somerset border. He writes a monthly column about life on the moor for Devon Life magazine.