Brian Woolland worked as a van driver, a farm hand, a wine merchant and a photographer; as a teacher in mainstream education and in a therapeutic community for maladjusted adolescents before becoming an Advisory Teacher for Drama. He then took up a post at the University of Reading, where he led courses in educational drama and theatre. In 2005 he resigned his post as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television in order to work freelance as a writer, theatre director and workshop leader. His work on Ben Jonson and his publications in the field of educational drama have been highly acclaimed. His plays have been widely performed. His first novel, Dead in the Water, was published in 2010; and he is currently working on a historical novel, The Gallows Cheat, a thriller/romance set in early seventeenth century London.