Barry Baldwin was born (1937) and educated at The Lincoln School and University of Nottingham where he obtained a BA & PhD in Classics. After lectureships at Loughborough College and the University of New England (Australia), he fetched up as Head of Department at the University of Calgary (Canada) where he is now Emeritus Professor of Classics & Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada. He has published 12 books and c. 1000 articles/chapters/reviews on Greek/Roman/Byzantine history, language and literature, on 18th-Century history and literature (especially Samuel Johnson) and Albanian history, language (which he happens to know) and literature. Has also published c. 70 short stories (mainly mysteries). Apart from academic stuff, he currently writes for a variety of magazines and newspapers ranging from Fortean Times to the Morning Star.