b Nantwich, Ches 1952. Boarding sch until his 17th year, followed by Danebank Further Education Coll in Crewe and then ministerial training at Cliff Coll. Michael is a Free Church minister who has pastored churches in Cheshire, E Anglia (nr Wisbech, for 17 years) and Devon, before taking early retirement for health reasons. He now belongs to an evangelical free church in the village of Lilbourne, nr Rugby and is still able to minister in several local chapels. He has written several poems and hymns; the one in Praise! is the first to reach publication. His book Taken as Read (2005) is a heartfelt plea for more and better public reading of the Bible as well as further imaginative informal uses. No.858.