Peter Stead was born in Barry in 1943. He was educated at Barry and Gowerton Grammar Schools and at University College, Swansea. He has twice been a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in the USA, at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in 1973-4 and at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1988-9. He is the author of Coleg Harlech (1976), Film and the Working Class (1989, 1991) and Richard Burton: So Much, So Little (1991). For BBC Wales he wrote and presented a television film on How Green Was My Valley (1991) and Dennis Potter (1993). A former History lecturer at Swansea University, Peter Stead is now a freelance broadcaster and writer.