Brian Hinton read English at Magdalen College, Oxford, and went on to take a PhD in 20th Century English poetry at Birmingham University, where he also took seminars with David Lodge. He completed a postgraduate diploma in information science, and serves on the national body of Cilip, the professional body representing librarians and information workers.
With over 30 published books to his name, Dr Hinton's main research interest is the Tennyson circle on the Isle of Wight in the late 19th Century, and in particular the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.
He is the leading authority on the literary history of the Isle of Wight, and a revised edition of his definitive Discovering Island Writers is just about to appear, as is a scholarly edition of the photographic album given by Mrs Cameron to Albert Louis Cotton.
Brian is also a noted musicologist, with recent books on alt. country music and the authorised biography of folk rock pioneer Ashley Hutchings, as well as a strictly unauthorised study of Van Morrison, which provoked a song 'New Biography' by that artist. Bold as Love, his book on the new Isle of Wight festivals, is to be published in Spring 2006.
One time President of the Oxford University Poetry Society, Brian has collaborated with the painter Julian Bell on a poetry collection, The Heart's Clockwork, for the Enitharmon Press.
Brian Hinton has appeared many times on radio and TV, and is President of the Farringford Tennyson Society and Honorary Curator of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust at Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater, Isle of Wight.
In June 2006 Brian was honoured in the Queen's 80th Birthday Honours List for services to the arts, and is now Dr Brian Hinton MBE.