I'm a Languages graduate which informs a lot of what I write - fascinated with other cultures especially those on the edges of what the world perceives. At the same time I become very settled and believe in the importance of Place. I taught English in Thessaloniki Greece, the same city that my most beloved composer Gustav Holst taught music to the troops in - at the behest of my current employer. I've also lived in Barcelona, Bordeaux and Birmingham (UK) and they were all great places. I like second cities because they can flower in the shadow of the capital. At seventeen I learned to fly but I've hardly done it since - I prefer running. The music I listen to is Nightwish, or Angelique Kidjo (and a lot of other West African musicians), or Pink Floyd.
I started writing because staying with my aunt and uncle on the coast was boring and there was a library nearby. A novel followed, and a few more, and some stories until I now have 30 or so that have been published, and two novels so far and a book about the public houses of an inner London borough.
I speak French and Spanish and Catalan and my dissertation was on the poetry of Salvador Espriu who wrote in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.