About Me

Hi – thanks for coming to visit! I really welcome contact and feedback, and it would be lovely to hear from you through the site.

I’m an author, a single parent, a marathon walker, and a disability advocate. I live in Kent, in a seaside district of 130,000 people, which leapfrogs hugely during the summer months when tourists come to visit.

I’ve been published four times through Inspired Quill, an independent publishing house. You can buy them from pretty much anywhere; Waterstones, Amazon, Play.com, and Barnes & Noble are just a few examples. I’ve been told there are lots of others places, but I can’t remember them all.

I’m also co-director of The Two Dyspraxics along with my good friend, Barbara Neill, and we’re working hard to raise awareness of a condition called dyspraxia, as well as wider “invisible” disabilities. I’m a passionate disability advocate, and write and speak as much as I can on the subject.

I’ve also done innumerable marathons Β for charity (first), a half-marathon (where I came third), and various shorter walks.


  • Francisco  

    Dear Matthew, at Panchostories.com we are looking for adopters who write to help us develop a collection of picture books that will help our little ones on their journey. Adopted father too and found little in terms of picture books our children could identify with or help them understand their journey. We are also looking for books that represent all families and children, inclusive.

    • MM  

      Hi Francisco, I’d love to drop you a line and talk to you more about this. Is there an email address I could talk you about this?

  • Sally  

    Hi Matthew!

    Do hope all’s well with you and your lovely son.

    It’s great to have discovered your website! Can’t wait to read more of your work.

    I hadn’t realised that you’re dyspraxic. So is my eldest daughter and I think I probably am (albeit undiagnosed). Either that or I’m just terminally clumsy!I
    We’re humanists too. I once sang at a Humanist wedding and have attended a Humanist funeral. Both truly inspiring.

    Keep up the wonderful work at the Caldecott/writing/bringing up your son/walking, etc, etc..

    Much love.

  • Peter Papaioannou  

    Hi Matthew,
    My daughter would like to use the image of the open book within her blog and mention your name. Would you mind? Thx

  • Patricia  

    Hello Mathew thank you for replying and offering help, My Grandfather was John Thomas Arnold born 1880s in Kingsdown, His Father was Richard Arnold Wife’s Name Alice. His birth Was1850s. My cousins and I have exhausted our search to link with Jarvist and would welcome any help, we were in kingsdown a week ago visiting the Maritime Museum . We have full dates of birth and other information, however if it is okay with you will forward via email ro######. which I believe you can access.
    Regards another possible Cousin. Patricia.

    • MM  

      Hi Patricia – sounds really interesting! Drop me an email on mnnwjm1981@gmail.com, and let’s what we can share πŸ™‚ Glad to meet another cousin!

      • Patricia.  

        Hello Mathew I sent info to the email ad: you provided however it was rejected I have double checked to no avail.
        Regards Patricia.

        • MM  

          How odd! Just to double-check, you emailed me at mnwjm1981@gmail.com? Try it again without any attachments this time, see if that works πŸ™‚

  • Paticia, nee, Arnold  

    Hello Mathew is one of your middle names Jarvist.I am researching my family history.

    • MM  

      Hi Patricia – yes it is, my great-great-great-grandfather was Jarvist Arnold of Kingsdown in Deal. Happy to share any info …

  • Nicola Parmar  

    Love your website Matthew x xx some great reads… much love x

    • MM  

      Ha, cheers Nicola – what a lovely thing to say πŸ™‚

  • Samantha Pocock  

    Hi Matthew,

    I hope this message finds you well. I was just wondering if by any chance you would be able to send me some information about book publishing. I know it has been a while since we have corresponded. I will wait for your reply.

    Kind regards,


  • Samantha Pocock  

    Hi Matthew,
    I hope this message finds you well. We met last week at the Ashford Library Mystery Night. Your story was so good. I really enjoyed. I hope there is more to come. On that night I was telling you about a book I would like to get published. It is my husbands grandfathers book about being a POW and building the Burma railroad. It was very harsh conditions. But anyway I have NO idea about publishing a book. So any help you can give me would be great. You did mention you would give me some names of publishers. But is that the first step? Like I said I have no idea about this sort of thing. Okay well I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,


    • MM  

      Hi Samantha,

      Very good to hear from you! Apologies for the delay in getting back to you; later on today, I’ll collate some info and send it over to you. Do you have an email address I could send it to – would that be easier?



      • Samantha Pocock  

        Hey Matthew,

        Sorry it has taken me soloing to get back with you. Here is my email sammypocock@hotmail.co.uk.
        Thank you.

        Kind regards,


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