Eddy Canfor-Dumas...

...is an award-winning TV scriptwriter and novelist. After winning a scholarship to Latymer Upper School in west London, he read English Literature at New College, Oxford.

Soon after graduating he started penning comedy scripts for radio and television, including BBC Radio 4's Weekending and Not The Nine O'Clock News for BBC TV. A period working in business television followed, during which he scripted some sixty videos for a wide range of commercial and public organisations - Volkswagen, BMW, British Tourist Authority, COI, Du Pont and many others.

Eddy returned to television when he started writing for popular series such as The Bill (more than twenty episodes) and Kavanagh QC. His first major feature-length programme was Tough Love, a powerful drama about police corruption, starring Ray Winstone.

He then wrote the drama for the highly-acclaimed BBC drama-documentary Pompeii: The Last Day (2003), which was nominated for a BAFTA, and followed this in 2005 with Supervolcano.

He branched out into novels in the same year, with The Buddha, Geoff and Me, based on Buddhist teachings. A practising Buddhist himself since 1983, Eddy is a member of the lay group Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Eddy also ghosted the non-fiction book The Buddha in Daily Life (1988) for Richard Causton, which has  been in print ever since.

Apart from his writing work, in recent years Eddy took a lead role in establishing the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Conflict Issues, which was launched in February 2007. The purpose of the group is to encourage dialogue, on the basis of expert information and opinion from across the political spectrum, on issues relating to conflict; especially on the practical means to prevent, transform and resolve violent conflict.  The APPGCI has been steadily building support since its launch and in February 2010 secured the first-ever debate in the UK Parliament devoted to conflict prevention.

Eddy is also part of the team that publishes the online magazine This Way Up. This features a mixture of articles and interactive items designed to 'stimulate the positive' and entertain.

Eddy is married with two children and lives in Hertfordshire, UK.