I was born in 1951 in Sheffield and graduated from Leicester University in 1972. I completed my teacher training in Birmingham and began my teaching career at Gateway Sixth Form College in Leicester.
We moved to Swansea in 1981, initially, as a Head of English in Dillwyn Llewelyn Comprehensive School and then worked as Deputy Head teacher in Cefn Hengoed Community School in the city for 20 years, which included a short period of time as Headteacher. I left the school in 2011 and spent the next three years working for the local authority. I finally retired in March 2014.
I started writing with occasional pieces for the Independent newspaper and then became a regular columnist for the Times Education Supplement. In 2011 I was nominated as Columnist of the Year (Business Media Category) in the PPA Awards for my work with the TES.
I have written study guides for English literature students and books about educational issues such as dyspraxia. I now write about local history following the publication of Stories in Welsh Stone;The Secrets within 15 Welsh Graves in 2008. I have subsequently published Welsh Bloody History Swansea, Swansea Then and Now, Swansea Murders, Welsh History Strange but True, Swansea in 100 Dates for The History Press. Swansea in the 1950s and An A to Z of Swansea were published by Amberley Publications. Swansea in 50 Buildings will be published in October 2018. I have also written two guidebooks, 50 Gems of Mid Wales and 50 Gems of South West Wales.
I have a featured column in Welsh Country Magazine where I write about gravestones across Wales and the stories they tell.
I am married to Liz, a retired midwife. We have four children, eight grandchildren and an expensive wine habit. The habit, not the wine. Obviously.