Graves

Ron Graves...

grew up in the North East of England, in the mining town of Spennymoor, County Durham. He left school aged fifteen, having excelled at nothing. His English teachers noticed something, though, and generally allowed him to write about whatever he liked.

After leaving school, Ron worked in a hotel for three years. An historian who became his friend thought that reading ancient Roman and Greek literature, and writing poetry, meant Ron should get back into education. Ron’s parents agreed and he spent the next seven years as a student (‘Parasiting on Mam and Dad,’ he says) before becoming a student psychiatric nurse, ‘To find out what happened in the asylum.’ In total, Ron managed to be a student for ten years!

Since 1982, he has worked with troubled teenagers.

Ron says most of his earlier writing, ‘Just lay around somewhere till I forgot about it.’ Then, two years ago, he began a collaboration with David Reid and the current album resulted.

Ron is a performance poet. He has written and directed one short film, with more in preparation.

Having grown up in the coalfield, it was maybe inevitable that Ron became and remains a political and trades union activist.