Barry Durham was born in Manchester in 1947, educated at North Manchester Grammar School and Salford Technical College where he studied Maths, Physics and Chemistry for a while before getting extremely bored with Applied Mathematics and dropping out.
Barry was an insurance clerk for a few years before trying his hand as a salesman, but his first love of writing kept getting him into trouble as he was often found scribbling down ideas for stories when he should have been working!
After marrying his wife Barbara in 1968 they moved to the Preston area and he obtained the post of Junior Reporter on the Garstang Courier at the ripe old age of 23.
The next 40-odd years saw Barry work for a number of newspapers and other publications in the Lancashire area, as well as a stint as a Press Officer and he had several short stories and freelance articles published.
Barry has been a reporter, feature writer, sub-editor, Editor and Group Editor and more recently an Associate Lecturer at The University of Central Lancashire in Preston where he taught Newspaper and Magazine Design to post graduate level for a number of years until budget cuts forced his final retirement.
This has, however, given Barry the opportunity to write full time (apart from tending his garden, that is!)
He lives in the village of Chipping in Lancashire with his dear wife of more than 46 years. They have two grown-up sons, a grown-up granddaughter and three young grandsons.
Barry’s first novel The Demdike Legacy was originally self-published, and will now be published by Glannant Ty in February 2015.