An Anglican NSM priest, John Waddington-Feather is a retired schoolmaster and author who belongs to the West Yorkshire 'school' of writers. His children's novel, Quill's adventures in Grozzieland, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 1989, and his verse-play, Garlic Lane, won the Burton Award in 1999. In 2002 he was awarded the American DeWitt Romig Prize for his poetry. He co-directs the imprint Feather Books and edits The poetry church poetry quarterly. He was the first chairman of the J.B.Priestley Society and is now a vice-president.
Born in 1933 in Keighley, he attended Keighley Boys' Grammar School and graduated in English at Leeds University in 1954. After university, he served in the Intelligence Corps, where his gained his wings as a paratrooper. A keen sportsman in his youth, he played rugby in both codes and won a county cap for Sussex.
He now lives in Shrewsbury where he taught, and has ministered in the prison there for the past thirty years.