SDDowns is a full time carer of (extremely) autistic children. He is a qualified librarian with a BA (Hons) in Information and Library Studies from Loughborough University. After graduation he taught English as a foreign language in Hungary for a few years before working in the library at the British Council in Budapest. Later he computerised the library at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London before moving a Wolverhampton high school library into the girls toilets. The first was his decision, the second was not.