Chris Barker has been an educator in schools and universities in the UK and Australia. He has published a number of non-fiction books including Cultural Studies: Theory and Practise and The Hearts of Men. He writes fiction between stints in the garden, where he grows vegetables and looks after chickens. He has received a writings scholarship from Varuna House writing centre and completed the Faber Academy writing 'Writing a novel' course. He is now writing a novel.