About

Summer 2014: Tromso, Norway, behind me

The David Copperfield bit

 

The first few years of my life were spent in Rutherglen (Lanarkshire, Scotland), Hamilton (Ontario, Canada), Rutherglen (again), and then we moved to Grangemouth (Scotland) where I lived until I headed off to Glasgow University. I spent a fascinating few years in Glasgow, met some wonderful people - some of whom I am still in regular contact with, others who have vanished because of a lack of social media in those far off days. I also somehow managed to get a degree, and then went to Jordanhill College to become a maths teacher.

 

I taught in Edinburgh for a couple of years before getting married and moving to the Highlands to live and work. I also studied for an OU degree, and discovered that I really enjoyed maths and was quite good at it; I worked hard and got my honours degree this time. This was mainly because of the quality of OU teaching and materials. I worked for the OU part-time as a tutor, the highlight of which was Stirling summer schools. Latterly I got an MSc with them too - my third degree, and the one I was most proud of. There was also the recent OU short creative writing course which encouraged me and convinced me to write seriously.

 

I'm still in the Scottish Highlands, living with my wife. I have two grown-up children with their own lives now, but we're a close family. I've completely retired from education now, and am concentrating on writing.

 

I play bridge and golf, enjoy walking, swimming and cycling, and of course books, music, film and theatre. We seem to be travelling a lot - New England, Norway and Australia in the last couple of years, as well as a quick trip to the Algarve for some rest and sunshine.

 

There's computers too, but that's a different section!

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