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Roy Bainton was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England in 1943. After spending 7 years as a deck hand in the Merchant Navy, He took to writing seriously after winning a college journalism competition in 1966. During the 1970s he contributed to numerous publications, both local and national, including the Observer and The Sunday Times, and made regular appearances on BBC Radio 4. He published his first book, a history of British rhythm & blues, 'Talk To Me Baby' in 1994, and after a long and varied career in numerous day jobs, became a full time writer in 1997. Since then he's published 12 books, mainly non-fiction, specialising in history. These include a WW1 naval biography, a history of the British Army in Germany since 1945, and a history of Russia's Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.His features have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Statesman, Saga, The Independent, BBC History magazine and he writes features on unexplained phenomena for The Fortean Times.
In 2006 he was awarded a Literature Grant from Arts Council England to write his first novel, 'The Scrap Run'. Often referred to by those in the trade as 'a jobbing writer', he earns what he refers to as his 'bread and butter' income from a wide range of other genres, including commercial PR copywriting and extensive research in the music industry. As a regular CD liner notes writer for various record companies, his specialist area is blues and R&B from the 1940s-1960s. He is also well known to live music fans for writing numerous souvenir tour brochures for clients including Smokey Robinson, Mark Knopfler, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Willie Nelson, B.B. King and many more.
Between 2005-8 he wrote 42 x 30 minute scripts for the Sky Life Channel 160's holiday show, 'Britain's Best Breaks'. These can still be viewed on Sky and on line at www.britainsbestbreaks.tv . In 2007 he further developed his love of poetry when he was asked to co-author a work with award winning poet and playwright Kevin Fegan, 'Iron In The Blood'. This resulted in his own volume, issued in 2010, 'Tiger Heart, Velvet Paw' which is a series of poems and observations based on his time at sea in the Merchant Navy. Works in progress include 2 screenplays, a radio play and a new historical novel. Roy is also a Fellow of The Royal Literary Fund, for whom he works 2 days each week at the University of Lincoln, helping students with their essays. He is also a member of the Society of Authors and the National Union of Journalists.
He is married to Wendy, with two children, Dr. Martin Bainton, an English lecturer, and Sarah, a nurse with the NHS, and has lived in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire since 1987. He sees writing in the same way as a bricklayer sees his trade; "Spanish arches one day, straight walls the next - but if it needs words, pay me, and I'll deliver..."