Simon Cartlidge lives in Doncaster with his partner Rebecca and newfoundland pup Shakespeare. The Pomegranate Ring is his first novel although he has had poetry published in various anthologies over the years. He has degrees in philosophy and psychology and is also a qualified English and drama teacher. He studied creative writing for two years under Tony Curtis (not that tony Curtis)at Glamorgan university (Wales Poly). He has travelled extensively through Europe and the middle and far east. He has lived and worked on a kibbutz in Israel and lived and busked on the streets of Paris. He holds a black belt in Korean Karate and has competed in two world championships. He was made Doncaster busker of the year in 2012 an accolade of which he is extremely proud. He has all Mike Oldfield's back catalogue, everything Kate Bush has ever done and all the James Bond films on DVD. He loves Pandas.