Peter Cooper (1951- ) was born in Greenwich, London, but has lived in Yorkshire, in the village of Thurstonland, for the last 35 years. He was a teacher of English in South and West Yorkshire Schools, including 13 years as Head of English at Fartown High School in Huddersfield.
On retirement in 2011 he had his first short story, 'The Carebot' published in 'Mirador's Fantasmagoria' and completed his first novel, 'Inspector Bucket and the Beast', inspired by Charles Dickens' character from 'Bleak House', published by Dahliapublishing.co.uk. He has written a number of short stories continuing the adventures of Inspector Bucket, some of which can be found in 'What the Dickens? Magazine' (issues 3 and 4) and in 'Stations', available from 'Arachne Press'. He has also completed a ten story collection of his Bucket stories, 'The Tales of Inspector Bucket' and a story appearing in 'What the Dickens?' e-book anthology entitled 'The Busker'.
He is currently working on a 'family saga', loosely based on the life of his grandfather (an Australian serviceman who may have fought in Gallipoli and the Somme) and his father, who was brought up in a children's home in London. An adapted version of the first chapter of this work-in-progress novel has been published and may be found at:
http://www.stringybarkstories.net/The_Stringybark_Short_Story_Award/Bookshop.html You can also follow Peter's writing and his thoughts on literature on his own website at petercooperstellingtales.com