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I was born in Farnborough, Hampshire and grew up in Seascale on the Cumbrian coast, learning to sail in dinghies launched off the beach. For about ten years I worked for NatWest Bank, during which time I met and married Sheila. (We were fellow members of a music group at St Cuthbert’s Church, Seascale.) We moved to Durham in 1976 to attend Cranmer Hall theological college and I was ordained in 1979, serving curacies in Penrith and Dalton in Furness, then as vicar of Clifton and Dean, between Workington and Cockermouth (all in Cumbria).
A big change came in 1990, when we moved to a group of very rural parishes near Bungay in north Suffolk. I have written about this period on the ‘Affinity’ page. It was during our time there that the possibility of writing a story set on the Broads began to take hold.
In 1999 we returned to Cumbria, and after my retirement in 2012 (back in Seascale) I unpacked all the old notebooks of my observations and started to plan the novel. Progress was sporadic until 2020, when I made a determined effort to write, revise and complete the story, which was eventually published in June 2021. (We still enjoy sailing and canoeing, and still play in Christian music groups locally.)
Seascale beach, low tide, winter sunset