Matthew lives in South Shropshire where he is in private practice as a Dramatherapist. Graduating as a secondary school teacher at Goldsmiths College London, he went on to post-graduate training in film making and worked with multimedia in London Schools for several years before moving into the corporate environment. A commercial career in the IT industry followed working in sales marketing and organisational development. At 50, Matthew trained as a Dramatherapist, going on to work in inner-city areas with young people, parents and teachers before joining the University of Roehampton Department of Psychology as a Senior Lecturer.
Edward has worked for over 30 years in publishing, mainly in the academic and professional arena. For over two decades he ran his own business, which was sold in 2011. Since then, he has moved to Herefordshire, and taken up a range of both paid and unpaid roles in publishing and other activities. He has a strong interest in energy, the environment and sustainability in all its forms.
Peter was a Professor of English and Head of Department at Kingston University, before taking early retirement to write free-lance 20 years ago. He wrote the authorised biography of Dame Iris Murdoch in 2001 and his other books include Going Buddhist, At the Bright Hem of God : Radnorshire Pastoral, and A Very English Hero : the Making of Frank Thompson. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009 and his Family Business : a Memoir came out in 2019. He co-edited the annual Transactions of the Radnorshire Society for ten years. He is also a teacher of Buddhist meditation and has co-led many retreats at Bleddfa.
Margaret has spent most of her life in the Marches, from the war years until retirement. Her professional life as Head Teacher of a primary school subsequently led to a political life as County Councillor in the Wye Valley to Chairman of Powys County Council, and as a Chairman of the Brecon Beacons National Park. A staunch supporter of Radnorshire, Margaret has worked in voluntary positions for the judiciary and in school governance. Margaret is an unapologetic lover of smallholding, Women’s Institute and country living. In the role of trustee of the Bleddfa Trust she enjoys encouraging local people and especially children to participate in the programmes we offer.