Douglas Bence was born in London, but has been working in or from Cornwall for nearly 30 years, as a journalist and teacher. A long career in national newspapers included the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, but he left full-time journalism in 2008 after four years with the on-line financial website Citywire.
After working for tyrants like David English and Robert Maxwell, his current webmaster and marketing work with his wife’s Natural Fibre Company is relatively painless. He still teaches part-time at Cornwall College and the WEA, has had three books published and is working on another two. As well as hosting a local radio programme on jazz, he has been involved with TV documentaries for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky, but won’t talk about his guitar playing.