I was born in London and grew up partly in England and partly in Kenya. The great-grandchild of immigrants to England, I am the product of many cultures: some of them innate, some imposed, some adopted willingly and gratefully.
I wanted to be a teacher from quite an early age (once I realised that I wasn't going to make it as a cricketer or an opera singer!) and after finishing secondary school in Kenya and then having an extended 'gap year', I studied for a B.Ed. in London.
I taught for over 27 years and worked in Zambia, Kenya and the UK as an English and Drama teacher and also as a Head.
By the age of 16 I was deeply interested in world religions and in a search for 'truth.' It was the beginning of a life-long fascination that has led me all over the world; to temples, mosques, synagogues and churches; to teachers and teachings of East and West and to a profound love for the world and all who inhabit it.
It was this quest for meaning that also led me to become a Freemason in Nairobi in 1990. It is something that many people have found difficult to reconcile with everything else they know about me and it is something that I find I end up talking about a lot because, while people are interested, they also hold a great many preconceptions and prejudices about the institution. It always leads to deep discussions and the reward of bringing people to a clearer understanding of what Freemasonry is all about. You can read more about this on the 'Masonic Writings' section of 'The Books' page.
My other main enthusiasm as far as writing is concerned is the young people I've had the privilege to work with over the years. They've taught me so much and their many successes continue to give me great pleasure. There are books on this site inspired wholly by them...
Well, I think that'll do. If you want to find out more, have a look at 'The Books' page as that's where I talk a little about what led me to write particular pieces. If those still don't answer your questions, please feel free to write to me through the 'Contact' page.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you find something of value on this site.