Raised in East London Ridgwell left school with no qualifications, but despite this or maybe because of it he read his way through every classic book, underground writer, poet or philosopher he could get his hands on.
At nineteen he was stabbed in a bar brawl and decided to leave the UK, travel the world, and learn how to write.
Ridgwell has lived in Cuba, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Belize and finally Thailand where he ran a bar. During his travels he lived in a shack, a boat, a bar, a brothel, bedsits and with strangers from all over the world.
Ridgwell brings back stories from the edge, infused with humour, sex, philosophy, hope, defiance, brutality and truth. Since his return to London he has published numerous collections of poerty and prose and is a cult figure of the literary underground both in the UK and abroad.