John Bell was born into a working class family in Nottingham. A popular dilettante, he left school with very little accreditation. Subsequently, he became a Headteacher, invited to join Ofsted. His work in inclusive music education was accredited as being the best in the UK. He is an accomplished jazz drummer! He currently supports adults with severe learning difficulties and directs a sixty piece, community orchestra.
Epitaph on a Beech Tree is a love story set around the time of the Great War. It postulates the life of an invisible hero; just another everyman for whom all individual records have been lost. Ben Robinson, a miner who becomes a despatch rider during the war, can’t accept the concept of duty as defined by populist notions of ‘King, Country and Religion’.