Tim Martindale was born and raised in Cornwall. He originally trained in anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he gained a PhD for his research on Cornish fishing communities and taught as an Associate Lecturer. After a spell as a bookseller which fuelled his love for literature, he decided to follow his dreams of becoming a writer and conservationist. His writing is inspired by his passion for landscape and history, his interest in nature and his enthusiasm for outdoor, hands-on learning – a passion which has led him to learn how to sail a 150-year-old fishing boat, work as a ranger, Cornish hedge-builder, quarry labourer and bat surveyor. He is currently a forester – an occupation he hopes to stick at for some time.
Tim lives in Sussex with his family and is a graduate of The Creative Writing Programme (New Writing South, Brighton). His writing features in Watermarks: Writing by Lido Lovers and Wild Swimmers (Frogmore Press) and Cornish Short Stories: A Collection of Contemporary Writing (The History Press). He is currently working on his first book, Pathways to Home, which explores the nature of belonging to place through his own story of self-determination and of coming to understand how the intertwined histories of family and rural land have shaped him.