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I was born and grew up in a wonderful town in the north of England called Burnley.
Like many people from that area of the country I have Scottish and Irish ancestors and was raised a catholic so it was no surprise that along with my friends, Jon, Rick, John, Mathew, Justin, Simon and Mike we all went to the local catholic primary school – St Augustine of Canterbury where we met some lovely little girls called Karen, Toni-Anne, Joanne, Lisa, Angela and Maria, to name but a few.
School was great, I was always encouraged to be creative and I loved nothing more than drawing and writing stories.
For many years, even after I had left, my drawings from The Hobbit were proudly displayed on the walls of the classroom.
Secondary School and beyond
At the age of eleven we said goodbye to the girls and off we all went to the local boys-only, secondary catholic school, St. Theodore’s. I also moved house and met two boys who lived on my street called Peter and Alexander, we are all still good friends today. I made a few more new friends at secondary school including Andrew and Jon and continued writing and drawing.
After a few years I left St. Theodore’s with G.C.S.E’s in English Language, English Literature and Art where I then decided to make a big change and do further education in another town.
So, at the age of sixteen I took the bus every morning to St. Mary’s sixth form college in Blackburn to study A Levels in Art, English Language, History of Art and Politics.
I finally completed my education by studying a degree in Architecture at Edinburgh University.
During my time at University I met lots of great new friends from all around the world and caught the big city bug.
I also spent a year working and studying as an Architect in Berlin, Germany.
From there I moved down to London and lived for five years in and around a brilliant place called Harrow.
After a while I decided to move again, this time to a completely different country, so I packed my toothbrush and shipped out to Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain to become an English teacher.
Not long after arriving I started talking to a nice girl called Isabel in a lift in the building I worked in and shortly after that we got married and had a little boy called Vito.
When I first saw my little boy I decided straight away that I wanted to start writing again and that I would write children’s books, primarily for Vito to read as he grew up and also for my sister, Lois’ little boys; my super nephews Leo and George.
You’ll notice that I dedicate all my books to them.
My first book
In 2014 I wrote my first children’s story, “The Shark in the Park”.
As children, my friend Mike and I lived very close to a magical park in Burnley called Ightenhill Park.
During the Second World War the lead railings were removed to make bullets so the park is accessible twenty fours a day, even though the gates are locked at night. The park is very flat and has large grassy expanses, punctuated by copses of trees, which, on a foggy day give the appearance of floating galleons on a misty sea. Small wonder then that I used to daydream about a shark under the grass chasing me as I walked to school.
WINNER: READER'S FAVORITE AWARD 2015
Best Children's Animal Book
WINNER: MOONBEAM AWARD 2015
Best Illustrated Children's Ebook
WINNER: IPPY AWARD 2015
Best Illustrated Children's Ebook
WINNER: STORY MONSTER 2015
Story Monster Approved Award
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A Bull Terrier Puppy Adventure
Pleased with the success of “The Shark in the Park” I have continued to write children’s books, including the multi award-winning Bull Terrier Puppy adventure, “Milo & Ze”, a scary Circus story, "The Travelling Circus", a children's poetry book, "The Haiku Zoo" and many more.
I try to write at least two new books every year and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Mark Watson 2017
St Augustine of Canterbury Roman Catholic Primary School
Ightenhill Park Burnley
The Singing Ringing Tree in the Penine Hills overlooking Burnley