Author - Bob Jope

Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector.

I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torbay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education.

Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis.

I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!

ART IN THE SPANISH BARN -By Bob Jope-

The Devon Art Society together with the Brixham Art Societies and the Torbay Guild of Artists (TGA) will be staging the Riviera Art Fair at the...

Macbeth in Torbay -By Bob Jope-

One of the few things I really miss about London since moving to Torbay some eight years ago, aside from its art galleries, is the chance to see...

Summer’s Most Colourful Run

Exeter Westpoint will be the venue for the 2017 Children’s Hospice South West’s Rainbow Run. With seven different coloured paint stations...

Homelessness: A Call To Action

A  campaign has been launched to end the ‘scourge’ of homelessness on the English Riviera. With dozens of people sleeping on the streets...

Family Friendly Art at Cockington Court

Recently, more than 250 invited guests attended Cockington Court for the preview of its first ever sculpture trail and exhibition, giving families...

Nominate Your Street Hero

As we reported earlier this year ‘Love your High Street’ is back this June and in honour of Torbay’s local retailers, and they are now looking to...