Ben was brought up in the West Country and after studying for an MA in Acting at East 15 drama school and working in the industry for numerous years he turned to writing. His first play, I Have Never was performed to a sell out audience at The Hen & Chickens Theatre, Islington and transferred to the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Having worked with young adults for a number of years in various London secondary schools he now writes YA Fiction. His debut novel, Not My England follows the plight of siblings Alex and Sophia as they struggle to cope with the arrival of a manipulative home tutor. Ben has just finished the first draft of his second YA novel - working title: Head-1st. He loves to read novels and plays for leisure and to support his own work, influenced on the young adult scene by writers including Stephen Chbosky, Juno Dawson and Laurie Halse Anderson.