Brighton-born John Cowen is a freelance writer whose work spans many disciplines: newspaper and magazine features, copywriting, speechwriting, comedy script and songwriting for stage, TV and radio. He has written many features on Sussex by the Sea, having first encountered the county anthem as a small boy, standing on the terraces at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Goldstone Ground. His forthcoming book, Trenches to Terraces, presents, for the very first time, a joint biography of the song, and its composer, William Ward Higgs.