Jolyon Gumbrell's Biography

Jolyon Gumbrell the author and editor of this website was born on the Isle of Wight in 1967.  At the age of four he moved with his parents and brother to the village of Weston, near Hitchin in Hertfordshire.  Jolyon began his education at the village school in Weston and later attended secondary school at The Knights Templar School in Baldock.  Since leaving school at 16 Jolyon has had many different jobs, working as: a sales assistant in a jewellers shop, a produce assistant in a supermarket; a groundsman; a warehouse clerk; a shop assistant in a DIY store; an electronics assembler; electronics technician; and a scanner operator in the basement of a bank.

At other times Jolyon has been developing his skills as a writer.  He has built up a portfolio with some of his work published in The Guernsey Press & Star, the Purbeck Gazette, and from 2012 to 2020 on the blog platform Ideas on Europe hosted by UACES as well as on his own website Jolyon’s Review.  For many years he has been interested in languages and studied French and German GCSEs at further education college in 1991.  He attended several courses at the Goethe-Institut in Düsseldorf, Germany between 2014 and 2018, where he studied German language and attained Goethe-Zertifikat B1 and Goethe-Zertifikat B2.  In addition to this Jolyon studied history and attended tutorials with the Open University from 2004 to 2014, and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History on 31st July 2014.

An important influence in his writing, has been to travel around Europe and build up an understanding of various countries.  In the course of his travels he has visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg and the United Kingdom’s Parliament at the Palace of Westminster in London.  He has also visited many of Europe’s museums and art galleries such as: The Louvre; and The Orsay Museum in Paris; The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; The Uffizi in Florence plus many more.  Jolyon Gumbrell now lives in Swanage, Dorset, England.

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