For many years before taking retirement I was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching across all of the department's degrees and supervising dissertations. My particular interests lay in the areas of Victorian literature and twentieth century American literature and culture.
In parallel with my professional career I have always pursued a keen interest in music, singing in choral societies and performing with both small jazz groups and big bands. Hence my particular fascination with the composers and works of the Great American Songbook.
B.A. (Hons) English – University of Swansea
Postgraduate Diploma in Education – University of Swansea
M.A. American Studies – University of Keele
M.A. Victorian Studies – University of Liverpool