About the author: John Dixon
I first became aware of this enigmatic Lancastrian about 12 years ago when I was studying my degree at Bournemouth University. On a long awaited return home I read one of his Brigantia walking guides and immediately I was hooked.
The books are walking guides which lead the reader to many a mystical location and truly invite the follower into the heartlands of Lancashire. They are filled with history, legend and knowledge to which few writers can match and the love of this county shines through on every page.
The early books are full of amazing illustrations by Jaana Jarvinen who has so wonderfully captured the spirit of the county.
Other renowned artists, poets and writers interlace John's work such as Sheila Carter, his brother Phillip Dixon, Firoze Shakir, Trade Martin, Ervin Laszlo, Howlin' Dervish, Tempest
Livesey, Bob Mann, Heather Ashton Rowell, Tony Begolo, Stanislav Groff, Guru Nanak and Mark Ward, all of which add to the magnitude and complexity of John' achievements.
In the last few years I have been lucky enough to meet John and work with him on his new book. We shared several walks through Bowland and the Ribble-Valley all of which will live long in my memory. Keep a keen eye out in 2012 for the new book, as with all John's work this will surely prove to be a monumentous and groundbreaking piece of literature."
RICHARD BALL, LANCASHIRE FINE ARTIST
John was born in Mill Hill Blackburn Lancashire. Later in his teens he moved to Fenniscliff then Billington nr Whalley. It was these surrounding areas where John's love for the natural landscape and fascination with history first developed.
After leaving school and serving his apprenticeship in electrical engineering, John then went on to work in many of the textile mills and factories in Blackburn and Germany.
In his 20's John married and had 2 children. As he approached his 30's, John achieved a degree in sociology and economics, which lead him into becoming a supply teacher at schools in Blackburn, Burnley, Nelson and Colne.
Throughout his life John remained in contact with his Blackburn friends and never lost touch with his roots as he had a close bond with Blackburn. Yet, in his mid 30s John felt the need to escape the spoils of Blackburn life and started to venture out in to our surrounding landscape, following the public foot paths over to the Ribble Valley up and around the forest of Bowland and into the Yorkshire dales.
Combining his passion of walking and a great enthusiasm for learning about historical knowledge, lead him into his own researching and bringing together groups of people to form his first historical walking group based in Whalley. From then on John went on to produce more than 30 historical walking guides.
Throughout his life John spent some years travelling around the Island of Crete where he walked most of the coastal & mountain paths and embraced the culture and history. He later ventured through Turkey, Albania, North Greece, Russia and Siberia and learned more about other faiths and religions.
John and his books are unique due to his ability to research lost historical facts and that he was not afraid to speak his mind about public services, right of way for walkers in the country side as well as any historical buildings or land marks being neglected.
Though John's books are historical walking guides, he has added his own humour and somewhat eccentric personality, and was open to the fact that later in life he was hospitalised after suffering a nervous breakdown, developing bipolar disorder. John used the natural landscape to bring about feelings of good health both physically and mentally that helped John cope better with his condition. It was during these last years that John decide to start researching once more with the aim to write the most extensively documented book ever written about the whole of the Pendle massif with a twist of mythic storytelling, Pendle A Mythic landscape is John's final piece of work.
John was a great communicator and loved to share his knowledge with others. He was a unique individual with a lot of character, to say the least.
Missed dearly and greatly remembered.
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