len websterLen Webster was brought up in Smethwick, where both sides of the family lived and where he claimed the distinction of becoming the first person ever to be attacked by a monkey in a Smethwick street. He attended Holly Lodge Grammar School for Boys but left at the age of sixteen and worked locally as a journalist for several years before studying for degrees from the University of Warwick and the University of Leicester, and subsequently from the University of Birmingham. He has travelled widely, spending extended periods in the USA and in Asia, especially South-East Asia (where he continued to hold a deep grudge against monkeys).

His books include The Turban-Wallah: a tale of Little India (Oxford University Press), Beneath The Blue Moon and ‘Hell-Riders’ & Other Stories (Times, Singapore). ‘Secrets’, an award-winning Asiaweek Short Story Competition entry, was published in the anthology Prizewinning Asian Fiction (Times, Singapore, and Hong Kong University Press). A member of the Black Country Society and a contributor to its quarterly publication The Blackcountryman, he has also worked as a teacher and lecturer, and edited textbooks, in-house magazines and newsletters.