IFAW Animal Action Awards 2017

I am a musician, a wildlife biologist, a broadcaster and a writer of songs and stories. Born in Manchester I moved to Liverpool in time to catch the birth of the Mersey Beat. In the early 80s I lived and worked in Heidelberg, Germany and moved to York in 1983 where I now live. I have run a hedgehog rescue centre for 29 years and have written three books about hedgehogs: The Disappearing Hedgehog, Rescuing the Disappearing Hedgehog and The Ode to the Disappearing Hedgehog. I have also written and published several works of fiction, many of which are available as paperbacks as well as ebooks on Amazon Kindle. I lectured at Hull University for 16+ years and have appeared many times on television including Love Your Garden, Countryfile and, in June 2015, The One Show.

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I have been writing songs since the age of 10, in the folk style, accompanying them on guitar, bouzouki, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, hurdy gurdy and fiddle.

Five CDs of original songs have been recorded as well as a new CD of tunes played on the hurdy gurdy, with the dulcitone, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer and fiddle. I have been booked for many years to perform in folk clubs and festivals in the UK and Germany, as well as television and radio broadcasts.

Song writing expanded to story writing and I have now published ten books on Amazon Kindle. My book on music therapy for people with learning disabilities has been published by M&K Update. My most recent published book is  Rescuing the Disappearing Hedgehog.

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