I was born in Lahore, Pakistan. As a young boy I enjoyed playing badminton and flying kites. Kite flying is something that is really big in Pakistan, especially in Lahore.

My family came to the UK towards the end of 1959. We stayed in London for a while and then moved to Leicester the following year. I attended the Lancaster Boys School in Leicester.

My favourite subjects at school were art, music and PE. I particularly enjoyed playing pirates in the gym. However, we were only allowed to do this at the end of term as a special treat!

Like most boys of my generation, I played all kinds of sports at school, including basketball, badminton, cricket and of course football. I was also fairly keen on gymnastics and pole vaulting, which we did during athletics in the summer term. Nowadays, I tend to swim and cycle to keep fit.

After leaving school, I did an Art Foundation Course at Leicester College of Art and Design. I then applied to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths School of Art in South London.

After graduating from Goldsmiths, I studied print-making at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. I later completed a second degree at The Open University, where my principal subject was computer science.

I have, at various times, taught art, ICT and computer science in schools, colleges and adult education institutes. In between spells of teaching I have also worked as a contract programmer and technical author.

My Mate's as 'Ard as Nails (My Obdurate Companion) was my first work of fiction for children.

I now divide my time between painting, writing and helping to run a web service which aims to support computing in schools: See the Other Writing page for details.