Martin Cooper was born in the south of England in 1950. He read English at Oxford, where he met JRR Tolkien but unaccountably missed Bill Clinton.
He worked for the BBC for a number of years, then became Technical Director of Teletext Ltd, the company which provided text services on ITV and Channel 4.
Nowadays he lives and works in Dorset.
Writing credits include reviews for Time Out, comedy material for The Two Ronnies and short stories in The London Evening News and Ambit Magazine. He holds the record for the smallest royalty ever paid to a BBC comedy writer: nine pence, shared with a colleague.