Mark was born in a cemetery in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, England. Honestly! His Gran and Grandad lived and worked there! He went to school in Uttoxeter; loved school but didn’t love all the teachers. There were a few amazing ones though – the ones you never forget. After that, he studied Art and Education at Edge Hill University and trained to become a teacher – some of the best days of his life. Mark’s love of writing began at 11. He would be inspired after watching a good film. As the end credits rolled, he’d dart to his room and write far-fetched adventures about himself and his friends. Mark discovered poetry when he found an old tatty book of poems by A.A. Milne. Mark writes because he enjoys inventing characters, places and events that never existed before. He loves to write inspirational poems and stories; whether that be humorous narratives or work exploring children’s emotions. He is also the creator of a successful blog and website: dreambeastpoems.com.
Mark works as a primary school teacher in London. “There’s no greater job for keeping you young and hopeful.” His first book for VP is ‘HALLOWEEN DATE FROM HELL’ and we are looking forward to publishing his next, which will be ‘THE KLANGAROO’