About Alis

Born – Forest of Dean on the Gloucestershire/Monmouthshire border to parents from Pontypool.

Grew up – on a dairy farm near Newcastle Emlyn – a small town on the Cardiganshire/Carmarthenshire border.

Schools – local, bilingual village primary school, Cardigan County Comprehensive.

University – Corpus Christi College, Oxford – English Language and Literature;

City University, London – postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy

Work –  language, communication and autism related. Currently working part-time in Monmouthshire for the National Autistic Society.

Now lives in – the Forest of Dean, 2 miles from the border.

Family – two sons. As they are grown ups with their own lives, I’m going to respect their privacy. Suffice it to say that they make me more proud than anything else in my life.

My partner is also a grown up but she will figure in blog posts so keep your eyes peeled if you’re interested in that aspect of my life.

Key facts – Welsh speaker, rucksack collector, sociable introvert.

Fun fact – winner of the under 16s stockjudging competition, Cardigan Federation of Young Farmers Rally, 1977. (If I hadn’t gone over the time alloted, I’d have won the national competition too, but hey, brevity’s never been my strong point.) What can I say? I love words. And cows.