Biography




Adele Cosgrove-Bray is a writer, poet and artist.  Her series of Artisan-Sorcerer novels has drawn an impressive cult following.

Her other interests include photography, gardening, needlecrafts and walking with her dogs through the ancient woodlands of the Wirral peninsula where she lives.

She became a member of the Cryonics Institute in 2008.

Adele has been published traditionally in magazines and anthologies, and has also explored self-publishing.  A full list of all her published work can be read here on Hubpages.


Adele on her beloved swing, in the garden at Newton-le-Willows.

Adele Cosgrove-Bray was born in Knutsford, Cheshire, but before she was one year old her parents moved to Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire. The family moved again when Adele was eight years old, this time to Lowton in Lancashire.

Adele was a quiet child who could read before she started infant school. She spent hours dressing her cats in baby clothes and pushing them round the garden in a toy pram. With her sister, she created countless RPG stories and cherished around a million paper dolls, all of whom had names, different characters and backstory, and extensive wardrobes consisting mainly of ballgowns, school uniforms and ballet outfits.  Sometimes they were dressed as cats.


Hazel, Agnes Bray and Adele on holiday at Skegness.

On her thirteenth birthday, Adele announced that she was going to be a rock singer.  With two school pals, she formed a band. Between them they owned a kazoo and two guitars, one of which had a broken neck. This mercifully short-lived project changed her attempts at creating songs into a love of writing poetry. Adele was just seventeen when Pipes of Pan became the first magazine to publish one of her poems.

After high school, Adele enrolled on a two-year hairdressing and wigmaking college course which was intended to set her up with a career for life. After graduation, her first job was as an editor. She has never worked in a beauty salon but her pets have always had good haircuts.

The life studio at City College, Clarence Street, Liverpool.

In her mid-twenties, Adele went to art school in Liverpool, and later also studied pottery. She still paints and sketches, and does photography. She and her husband Richard met when they were both working as photographers. Her other jobs have included being a tarot card reader, a potter, a tour guide, a library assistant, a health promotion officer, a freelance columnist for new age magazines, and an activity co-ordinator in the care sector.

She has lived in St  Helens and various suburbs of Liverpool, including Aigburth - the home of her fictional artisan-sorcerers.  She moved to the Wirral peninsula in 2000, and Chaired meetings for Riverside Writers from 2003 to 2015, when she resigned the post.  She shares life with her husband Richard, who is also an artist, and two Parson's Jack Russell Terriers who enjoy creating holes in the garden.

Adele Cosgrove-Bray

When still in her teens, she met Thomas Joseph Walton, and intensely private - and therefore largely unknown - spiritual teacher with whom she remained in contact until his death on 11th March, 2008, despite her own philosophy having diverged from his. Some of her experiences can be read about in her ebook, Entering the Grove.  Her interests in ancient history, folklore and mythology, as well as the esoteric arts and philosophy, are central features of her fiction. 

Adele Cosgrove-Bray, reading at the Parallel Dimensions 2010 event
at West Kirby Library, Wirral.
Other participants included Adrienne Odasso (Lost Books), Colin P Davies (Tall Tales on the Iron Horse), Tim Hulme, Carol Falaki (Birth in Suburbia) and Peter Caton (Josh: Hero)..
Adele Cosgrove-Bray, reading at the Telling Tales event in 2011
at West Kirby Library, Wirral.
Other participants included Tim Hulme and Peter Caton (Josh: Hero).
Adele Cosgrove-Bray at the Parallel Dimensions 2011 event
at West Kirby Library, Wirral.
Other participants included Jon Mayhew (Mortlock), Mjke Wood, Tim Hulme and Peter Caton (Josh: Hero).