John Cooke was a late starter in life. He was the product of a fragmented family where he experienced over half a dozen family situations by the time he was fifteen years old.
He left home for summer vacation work when seventeen, but ended up joining the Royal Navy; he says it was the biggest mistake he ever made.
Later in life he returned to education, gained a degree, and a post-grad diploma in Careers Guidance. He achieved his aim of trying to steer other teenagers towards positive life choices and not to make the mistakes he made.
He has had poetry published in both The Lady and People's Friend and is still a member of Wrekin Writers group.
He is now retired and lives by the sea in North Wales.