I grew up in 1950s Salford. The family home was a terraced house in a street that visitors nicknamed Coronation Street. I left school in 1966 and started work at a local textile mill as a laboratory assistant, testing the products made on the factory floor.
After several years I decided to do something more challenging and resigned. I went to Manchester Polytechnic and trained to be a primary school teacher, qualifying in 1975. My first teaching post was with Oldham Education Authority, and I stayed with them for the rest of my teaching career.
I had spent twenty-seven years teaching children to write, and when I retired decided to see if I could actually do it myself. I got involved with a couple of writing groups and began a course with The Open College of Arts. I had a few small pieces published and joined a play writing class at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. I recently had my first novel published; a murder mystery title ‘Education, Education, Murder’. I noticed Dream Reality Media’s radio drama project, and thought it would be a great opportunity to explore radio production and develop my script writing skills further.