I am a teacher and writer who, until recently, was living in Bangladesh with my family. We have lived here since 2008 but have been visiting for longer than that. In some ways, my heart has been here all my life only I didn’t know it.
I was born in Wigan, raised in Leicestershire and did my degree in Cambridge where I met my wife. We lived there for 8 years before moving to Cumbria where I was deputy head of the Music department in a local school for 8 years.
Although trained in music, maths and science were never far away and I have always taught these subjects almost as hobbies for nearly 20 years. In Bangladesh, I taught these subjects for real, alongside other subjects such as Computer Studies and I helped grow a team running UK O-level subjects for a small school for Bangladeshis in one of the poorest parts of the country. Since leaving Bangladesh, that team has carried on in strength.
I have always been writing in some form or another and actually had my first article published years ago when I was just 12. Five years ago I rekindled this passion to write and after several published articles over four years went full time as a freelance writer last year.
In April 2014 my first book Sonali was published to help raise funds for a young student of mine called Ria. The book was reissued in December 2016 as both Kindle and paperback formats in Bengali and English.
In March 2017 I published my second book, ‘The Old Man on the Beach and other stories’ which is a collection of literary short stories and semi-fictional essays.
My blog aims to look at all these areas of my life and that of those around me and to share my thoughts ‘aloud’ as it were to all who are interested. I hope you will be one them.