|La Nucia, Alicante, Spain
|I was born in Wakefield and was brought up in Sharslton, a mining Village. I went to London University and then became a maths teacher, working initially as a volunteer teacher in Kenya. I spent sixteen years in London, in Balham and Islington. In 1992, I left Britain for Brunei and then Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. I currently live in La Nucia, near Benidorm in Spain. I am interested in the relationship between nature and nurture, birthright and experience. Themes of culture and identity and their relation to economic and social roles underpin my writing. What we are born into relates to what we become, but we are rarely in control. What others do, our interests and intellects and the way we choose to earn a living, all of these shape us into what we become. It may be that culture is the sum of all assumptions that others make on our behalf, whereas identity represents our reactions to them. I did a PhD on the effects of education in economic development in the Philippines. I was President of Alfas del Pi Music Society for twelve years.
|music, reading, cooking, presenting concerts, classical music, literature, philosophy, science, economics, politics, develeopment
|shostakovich, janacek, martinu, bartok, stravinsky, prokofiev, vaughan williams, brian, mahler, britten
|boyd, evaristo, barnes, unsworth, brink, pamuk, lanchester, murdoch