I was born in 1955 in Plaistow in the London Borough of West Ham (don’t ask me about football though – not my thing)
I started playing the guitar and singing when I was 14, and now perform regularly in my local folk clubs
During my teens I started work labouring for a local builders, before moving to work at a local working man’s club doing cellar work, “racking up” and at night collecting and washing glasses
I then worked in The Covent Garden Bookshop, and Mowbray’s bookshop in central London before running my father’s bookshop in West Ham for several years
I graduated from Thames Polytechnic (English and Philosophy BA Hons.)
In 1983, I did a training year in the Science Museum Library in London
I then completed a post-graduate diploma in Ealing in Information Science in 1986 (PGDLIS)
In 1987 in support of the Sandinista Government, and in despair of the Thatcher regime, I went to live in Nicaragua, Central America, where I worked in the National Library of Nicaragua, and in the National Records Centre, Managua for 2 years
Returning to London in 1989 I worked in the Science section of the Houses of Parliament Library
In my teens and twenties I walked a number of long distance footpaths in the UK and I spent many holidays cycling around the UK and in France
Having lived in Nicaragua I am a fluent Spanish speaker and would welcome any opportunity to chat in Spanish…
I am Treasurer of Conwy Folk Club and would encourage others to start / join a local folk club – it’s a great vehicle for community involvement!
I am Chairman for Ciwb Conwy Cube – a Community Interest Company – we hope to take control of the Conwy Civic Hall from the Council – in order to run it as a Community Music Theatre and Arts Centre.