BRIAN JOHN

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Gender MALE
Industry Publishing
Occupation Writer
Location Newport, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
Introduction I'm a native of Pembrokeshire. I read Geography at Oxford University prior to working in the Antarctic for a while and then I spent 11 years teaching geomorphology in Durham University. In 1976 I moved back to Wales with my wife and family to a smallholding -- where we set up two small businesses, my wife as a candle-maker and I as a writer and publisher. We have been at the same address now for 41 years. We couldn't live anywhere more beautiful. We have two sons and two grandsons. Apart from my great interest in Stonehenge and the bluestones, and local prehistory and folk traditions, I also write fiction -- and have now written eight volumes in the Angel Mountain Saga -- all tales about a feisty and imperfect heroine called Martha Morgan, who lived on the flanks of Carningli -- the mountain which lies between my home and the north Pembrokeshire coast.
Interests Environmental campaigning, writing fiction, writing visitor guides and other materials related to the social history and geography of Pembrokeshire, travelling in Scandinavia, gardening, folklore, hillwalking, prehistory, community projects
Favorite Movies Children of Nature, Local Hero, Jean de Florette, Pride and Prejudice (the BBC TV version), Himalaya, The Seventh Seal.
Favorite Music The Shostakovich symphonies, Sigur Ros, Allan Pettersson 8th symphony, Dvorak, Philip Glass Violin Concerto
Favorite Books Endurance by Alfred Lansing, The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey, A Scots Quire by Grassic Gibbon, The Shipping News by Annie Prioulx

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