My name is Matt Cross. I am a writer, blogger and journalist specialising in countryside stuff. 

I live with my wife and two daughters in a small remote village in the south west of Scotland in a house my wife and I built wit our own hands. Traditionally this was a riotous little  sheep faming community, it becomes tamer day by day.

When I was a little boy my dad was a shepherd on farms in Northumberland. We moved into a council house in town was I was nine. Then when I was 16 I was packed off to India and spent two years rattling between a Christian boarding school in Tamil Nadu and a Leprosy Hospital on the Nepali Terai. I know that's a big change, but it is long story. I came back to Scotland (where I was born) when I was 18 and have been here ever since.

The things that interest me are rural poverty, rural and wildlife crime, marginal rural cultures, land use and the rural voice. In more day to day terms I'm interested in firewood, making stuff, fishing, killing food and picking mushrooms.