Barry Durham was born in Manchester in 1947. He was educated at North Manchester Grammar School and Salford Technical College where he studied Maths, Physics and Chemistry for a while before getting extremely bored with Applied Mathematics and dropping out. After marrying his wife Barbara in 1968 the couple moved to the Preston area and Barry became a Junior Reporter on the Garstang Courier at the ripe old age of 23. The next 40-odd years saw him work for a number of publications in the Lancashire area. He has been a reporter, feature writer, sub-editor, Editor and Group Editor and more recently an Associate Lecturer at The University of Central Lancashire in Preston where he taught Newspaper and Magazine Design to postgraduate level until budget cuts forced his final retirement. This has, however, given him the opportunity to write full time (apart from tending his garden, that is!) He lives in the village of Chipping in Lancashire with his wife of nearly fifty years, has two grown-up sons, a grown-up granddaughter and three grandsons.
Barry has a fascination with witchcraft - especially the Lancashire Witches - and his first novel, a supernatural thriller called 'The Demdike Legacy' was published in February 2012. He followed this up with 'Familiar Territory', set around a year before 'Demdike' and introducing many of the characters for the first time. He followed these with 'Fell Creatures', 'Sweet Molly Alone' and, most recently 'The Ill-starred Exile of John Smith'.
He also writes the Figaro The Cat Detective Stories for children.