Charles Bennett was born in Heaton Norris, grew up in Hazel Grove and lived in New Mills before going to London University as a mature student. His previous short collections include The Storm Bell and William Wordsworth’s Socks published by the Hawthorn Press, Norfolk. His work has been awarded a number of prizes and been widely published in magazines. He has taught English, Drama and Creative Writing; been Reader in Residence for Blackpool and worked in Literature Development.