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Dennis Potter was born in 1935 at Berry Hill, near Coleford. He attended Christchurch C of E Primary School, and then Bells Grammar School in Coleford. He then attended New College Oxford.

His controversial career as a playwright, journalist and critic began in the 1960s. He was one of the first significant writers to write specifically for the medium of television. Although he was perhaps most widely known for the drama series Pennies from Heaven, for which he received a BAFTA Best Writers Award, and The Singing Detective, his credits include almost thirty original plays, nine television serials, three novels, numerous works of journalism and several works of non-fiction.

The Changing Forest, first published in 1962, is Potter's deeply personal study of the Forest of Dean - its people, traditions, ceremonies and institutions - at a time of profound cultural and social change in the late 1950s and early '60s. Part autobiography of one of the century's greatest writers, part elegy for a vanishing way of life, part testament to the abiding humanity that underlies all Potter's work, this exquisite, passionate and brilliant book is a classic of its kind.

Dennis Potter died in 1994.

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