Martin Forey lives in Westcliff-on-Sea; the ‘on-sea’ a perhaps rather grandiose title of oceanic implications to describe what is in fact a small town, nestling on the banks of an inland estuary, looking out across to the Canvey Island Gas Refinery which dominates a large proportion of the horizon on the opposite bank; but it’s home.
.As well as a childhood animal project which took up most of one six week school summer break, he has also written a number of poems which he’s quite pleased with and is currently knocking together a whole bunch of ideas for a series of follow-ups to this hopefully hugely successful, critically acclaimed best-seller. He has never forgotten that his fourth year primary school teacher, to whom this book is dedicated, once wrote in his little orange autograph book on his last day of term:
‘Keep up the creative writing – you could be sitting on a fortune’ Who knows? One day, he might be right.