Richard Barbery was born several decades ago in the south coast town of Fowey. During a much misguided youth he worked in various retail positions from purveying fine wines to the local gentry, selling health food to a sceptical public and owning a shop that majored in selling cheap pants to large farmers' wives. Donning the backpack in the 1990s he moved to Istanbul where he initially worked as an English teacher. Whilst trawling around the city explaining the present perfect tense to unsuspecting students, he was invited to join Time Out Istanbul Magazine where he ending up writing the monthly lead column. Work with the Istanbul Film Festival and editing and translating massive encyclopedias followed, even a brief stab at stardom came and went with a few roles in Turkish soap operas and movies. Now, living a much more sedate way of life in a rambling 14th century manor (a bit of it anyway) near Launceston, Richard writes websites and brochures for Visit Cornwall and articles for Cornwall Today Magazine.

Taken at Penberth, west Cornwall (where my gran was born)