Retired Professor of English Language + Literature
Université de Caen, London School of Economics., ANU..............
The New European
Just Jazz Magazine
At clapped-out Rutlish Grammar School – a year behind John Major-Ball, who dropped the -Ball and became PM – I was completely bored until I heard Humphrey Lyttelton's Coffee Grinder, which so fired me off I scraped into Edinburgh University. There I read avidly the Manchester Guardian and the Observer (not then in your stable). I taught for 14 years at Oundle before I escaped to LSE, where I became head of English. Ken Colyer gave me his fine autobiography When Dreams Are in the Dust, which we failed to publish in his lifetime so I set up at LSE the Ken Colyer Trust, which also provided work for fine jazz musicians over 25 years. In 1996 I was invited to the 50th Australian Jazz Convention at Trinity College Melbourne, where I fell in love with Australia and my wife Helen – a fifth-generation Fijian and the world expert on Fiji music.