Mark Lloyd

BA (Hons), MA, PGCE

I have had the privilege of teaching English for over 20 years; to have an impact on the lives and learning of others is so incredibly rewarding. But, then there are the books too! To read, study and share literature with others for so many years of my life is why I continue to find the profession so fulfilling.

To quote my favourite author, Margaret Atwood, ‘A word after a word after a word is power’; the meaning of this can be multiple. In educational terms, the acquisition of language and knowledge via the written word can be life-changing. This is one of the main reasons I love to write – and one day my own novel will be finished!

I studied Literature at De Montfort in Leicester, gaining my first degree. Not quite knowing where my future lay, I returned home and began a Masters in 20th Century Literature at Newcastle University. There I met my wonderful wife, and my book collection doubled. After completing my PGCE with Durham University, I began my first teaching role in a wonderful secondary school and stayed there for 21 years.

I’ve held roles as head of subject and as a mentor for teachers new to the profession. In 2023, I moved to West Sussex with my wife, 2 children and our Maltese dog Chester. I still work in schools – young people are amazing, and every single day offers something new and different.

Besides reading, I do have other hobbies: long runs, playing guitar and watching my beloved Newcastle United. I look forward to meeting you, helping you and hopefully learning something from you too.