Born in the county of Essex, England, I am a practicing Roman Catholic, married with two sons and four grandchildren. The greater part of my working life was spent as a firefighter with the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service. I joined the service in January 1963 with the then Southend on Sea County Borough Fire Brigade where I remained until local government reorganisation in 1974. I retired from the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in 1984 with the rank of Station Officer.

I began writing many years ago and enjoyed a little success in having some children’s stories published: none of those stories are reproduced here. Nowadays I write mainly for fun, and mostly for adults. Some of my spare time is devoted to producing and publishing a newsletter (The Gathering) for members of the former Southend on Sea County Borough Fire Brigade.

I hope you’ll enjoy what you see here and, if you do, take the trouble add a comment.

Mediocribus esse poetis Non homines, non di, non concessere columnae. Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets being second-rate.                                                                                         Horace 65-8 B.C.  


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