I was born and raised in Manchester, studied in Liverpool, and trained in journalism in London. Over several decades I worked in London for a variety of national newspapers and magazines, as a writer and subeditor, including at The Guardian (News, Business, Features, Arts); The Observer (News, Business); The Times (as a classical music critic, and in Arts, Features, News, Opinion, Obituaries); The Sunday Times (News, Business); The Times Online (night editor); The London Evening Standard (Londoner's Diary); and Classic FM Magazine (deputy editor). I also freelanced for Time Warner Books, the UN University, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and BBC School Radio. I now live in the Lake District with my wife and two children, and run Swallow Media Services. I'm also a fiction writer and music composer, and love running up hills, cycling down dales and swimming in lakes, tarns, rivers and the sea.