||Jack in 1953
||Jack in 1983
From an early age I always loved to read and write.
My mother taught me to read using my school reading
book, a Beacon Reader about a farm with an assortment
of animals and a particularly intelligent sheep dog!
On Christmas morning 1953 I finally owned my first
book, Five Go off to Camp by Enid Blyton. I
read it every night under the sheets by the light of
my 3-colour torch and life seemed complete. Only in
later years did I realise how difficult it must have
been for my mother to afford that book.
When I became a headteacher of a village primary school
in North Yorkshire, I began writing short stories about
the humorous, and occasionally sad times in my working
life. In 1980 I wrote the short stories ‘The Carrot
Champion’ and ‘Dance With Your Eyes’
and these appear as chapters in Teacher Teacher!
However it wasn’t until I retired that I began
In 2005 I attended the Winchester Writers’ Conference
and gave a copy of my novel to a London Literary Agent,
Philip Patterson of Marjacq Scripts. My best Christmas
present of 2005 was a telephone call from Philip saying
he had enjoyed my book and was prepared to represent
me and in 2006 he secured a contract for me with Transworld