Houston, Texas, United States
Home page: http://www.wump.net
I was born on 20th July 1950 in Canterbury, Kent (the garden of England). I am therefore an official “Man of Kent“. I am the eldest of the two sons and one daughter in our family, and from the outset I was proclaimed as having a highly active imagination. I had a large garden when I moved to Tonbridge, Kent, and as there was still an abundance of countryside there in those days, I was able to live out my fantasies, create my own worlds, clubs etc and drag my friends into them as well. In July of that very hot year 1976, I graduated with a University of Sussex B.Ed degree in Art and Education, having spent four years studying to be a teacher at what was then known as Eastbourne college of Education. I was a teacher until I retired in December 2003. I worked in Britain in South Wales and Devon, and also overseas in Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Tenerife, Mexico, France and Chile. The varied colours and experiences gleaned from these places helped to shape the landscapes and ideas for my first major novel for children. This was called "Wumpleberries and Gronglenuts" and was published in April 2003. The sequel "The Ice Spells of Krollinad" was published in 2005. I began writing poetry seriously in 2004 and over the next two years I have been the winner of the 2005 Chapter One Promotions Open Poetry Competition, the 2006 Lucie Wood Poetry Contests, the runner up in the 2005 'Into Africa' International Poetry Competition, the 2006 Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition and I received an honorable mention in the Momaya Press 2005 short story competition. My poetry has appeared in many print and online literary magazines including Black Mail Press, Real 8 View, Sentinel Poetry, Poetry Scotland, Porcupine Literary Journal, X-Magazine, Iota, Snow Monkey Journal, The Loch Raven Review, Verse Libre Quarterly, Poems Niederngasse, The New Writer, Poetry Cemetery, Ardent, Red River Review, Poetic Diversity, The Anemone Sidecar, The Round Table Review, Lucidity, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, The Dande Review, Euphony, Astropoetica, Flutter, Unfettered Verse, Quattrocento, Orbis, Literary Mama and The Texas Review. I have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I am now the editor of the online poetry journal, Words-Myth. I write full-time from my wooded home in Houston, Texas.
Interests: Apart from writing I am an active traveller, collector of plants, and a not so very active MENSA member.
Published writer: Yes