Richard Coles

Born in March 1962, the young Richard Coles grew up in Northamptonshire and attended Wellingborough public school where he was a chorister.  He subsequently moved to London to work as a session musician in theatre. After his difficult teenage years in 1983, Richard joined pop group Bronski Beat as a sax player where he met Jimmy Somerville. The following year, Jimmy and Richard left to form The Communards. Coles frequently appears on radio and television as well as in newspapers. His dalliance with Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Masterchef also brought him to a new audience. 

In June 2022 Richard published his first mystery novel about Canon Daniel Clement. They both have a love of dachshunds but personality wise Richard sees himself more like the brother. Richard certainly draws on his own experiences of parishional life (without the murders) but also some of the gentry life too which he found solace in when mourning the death of his partner and hiding from the press. Not all in the series will be set in the local parish—one may be set on a cruise!

Welsh author of the month - Caryl Lewis

Caryl Lewis is a welsh novelist. She won the Wales book of the year in 2005 with her novel Martha Jac a Sianco which was later adapted into a film and was also translated into English.  Caryl was brought up in Aberaeron where she completed her education, and went to both Durham and Aberystwyth University. She then began work at Tŷ Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales, and for the Welsh Academy. She also worked in public relations as a writer. She published her first novel in 2003. Caryl has also written for television including Hinterland and Hidden and she now lives in the outskirts of Aberystwyth.