Ronnie Bray was born in Huddersfield in January 1935
He attended Spring Grove Elementary School, that is when he condescended to attend. The School marked him as one of their signal failures.
After holding down - or holding up - a whole lot of different jobs, including two terms of service in the British Armed Forces, he entered Leeds University as a mature student, read Theology and Religious Studies, and was awarded an honours degree.
He also holds:
- Certificate of IT [Cantab.]
- Certificate of Matriculation [Northern Universities]
- British Army Certificates of Education Classes III, II, and I
- Diploma in Social Sciences
- Several speeding tickets [all of which have been satisfied]
Upon his retirement from NMA Ltd in January 2000 he began writing.
He has had hundreds of stories and articles published in a variety of e-zines, not all of which sought his permission to reproduce them!, and has a world-wide following.
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He began writing "Luddite Spring" about two years ago and has almost exhausted all scholarly and contemporary accounts of Luddites and Luddism and continues to add to the novel that now stands at 169,000 words. It should be completed soon [sigh], but he said that a year ago and it remains a work in progress and a sacred challenge to be the voice of the voiceless who suffered economic and social slavery in the name of progress and profit.
Ronnie expects to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, but he has been disappointed in his hopes before, so no sadness or tears if he isn't short listed. Shakespeare didn't manage to pull a Nobel Prize either!
Having said that, it is an extremely serious work, a piece of long overdue social comment in the voices of those at the bottom of the economic heap during the early phases of England's Industrial Revolution. It is painful to even read about their plight, but now it is time to tell their stories. Luddite Spring does that with elan and realism.
Transport & General Workers Union [Organiser, Works Convenor, Branch Secretary]
Confederation of Health Service Employees
Royal College off Nursing [St Clement's Hospital, Ipswich Organiser, Student Section Leader, Branch Chairman, Newsletter Editor]
The Boy Scouts
The Boy's Brigade
Huddersfield Corporation Youth Club
Alfie Cleaving's Health & Strength Club
Herbert Sykes' Huddersfield Wrestling Club
Frank [Big Bruno] Elrington's Wrestling Gymnasium Pompey
The British Red Cross Youth Section
The Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers [Active Service in Egypt & Cyprus]
Royal Armoured Corps - Royal Tank Regiment
Royal Army Medical Corps
Leeds University Society of Theologians
Mr Pickles Weekly Payments Club
Ravensthorpe Auctions Fan Club [Oscar & Bill Crowe]
Peter West's Gang of Two
The Automibile Association [AA]
Kirklees Inter Faith Council [Hon. Sec.]
Equity - as - Ray Buck - Country Singer Extraordinaire
Winner Butlin's Filey Talent Competition
Winner Black Bull Birkby Talent Competition
Winner Mirfield WMC Talent Competition
Runner Up Filey Holiday Camp Talent Competition