How I got here

  1. Books
    Books
    The Net Mender's Son has taken me a long time to write and along the way I've tried out different stories aimed at young adults and older children. What I like exciting, fantastical situations. I like to put characters in impossible situations just so they don't get off lightly. That's why Jip ends up hanging off the edge of the world and Mira will soon be married to someone she hates I've worked a lot with Cornerstone Literary Agency. My recent book, 'The Floating Child', was longlisted for their Wowfactor Competition.

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  2. Stories
    Stories
    I really like stories. I love them. I'm always writing short bits and pieces. Whether it's the macabre or the tender or the exciting. I like to plunge and let my characters find themselves. When I started 'The Net Mender's Son' all I had was the idea of the Castle and the crashing waves. Believe me, it was as much a shock to me as to you when things started to go wrong so quickly. You can read some of my short stories on my Wattpad page and others on my page on Create50. My monologue 'Flies' will soon be published in 'A Thousand Tiny Knives' an anthology of new writing.

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  3. Plays
    Plays
    On the way I've written short plays which have been performed across the Midlands and in London. It's a good way to learn how much you need to write and rewrite. I like to see how an actor makes lines his or her own and I think it's helped me to get characters talking. I guess that's why Jip and Mira can never agree and even when things might go right for then they somehow miss. I like absurd theatre and writers like writers like Kobo Abe and, of course, Kafka. Perhaps that's why my full length play 'The e-mail History of Josef K' was longlisted for the Manchester Exchange's Bruntwood Prize.

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  4. Poetry
    Poetry
    It all started with poetry. I've been writing poetry since I was twelve. For me it's like a diary, capturing moments in my life as well as what I see around me. Even when I'm writing about the terrors at the End of the World I want the shortest, concisest way of getting to the heart of what it's like - even if that's cold, damp and wet. My poems have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies over the years and I have recently started reading them again. You can read my poem ‘Villain’ in ‘Poetry about Grey Squirrels’ published by Fair Acre Press to support Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

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  5. Radio
    Radio
    I like the sound of words. I love to listen to the radio and only hear what's going on so my imagination takes over. You may notice that when the waves crash over the Mariner's Quay or when they drag helpless victims away. My sketches for Radio were featured on 'Arnold Brown and Company' on Radio 4, some of which were developed from sketches I wrote for my theatre group, 'The Winking Frogs'.

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  6. Articles
    Articles
    Most of my articles have been about sustainable development and protecting the countryside. I've had articles published in magazines and newspapers including the Birmingham Post and the Guardian. As well as many letters published in newspapers, I've appeared on regional and national television to put the case for the environment. Perhaps my greatest claim to fame is being the picture clue on 'Have I Got News for You' but since I was dressed as a bureaucrat and wearing a pig mask to highlight damage to wildlife sites maybe no one noticed.

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How I got here

  1. Books
    Books
    The Net Mender's Son has taken me a long time to write and along the way I've tried out different stories aimed at young adults and older children. What I like exciting, fantastical situations. I like to put characters in impossible situations just so they don't get off lightly. That's why Jip ends up hanging off the edge of the world and Mira will soon be married to someone she hates I've worked a lot with Cornerstone Literary Agency. My recent book, 'The Floating Child', was longlisted for their Wowfactor Competition.

    See more

  2. Stories
    Stories
    I really like stories. I love them. I'm always writing short bits and pieces. Whether it's the macabre or the tender or the exciting. I like to plunge and let my characters find themselves. When I started 'The Net Mender's Son' all I had was the idea of the Castle and the crashing waves. Believe me, it was as much a shock to me as to you when things started to go wrong so quickly. You can read some of my short stories on my Wattpad page and others on my page on Create50. My monologue 'Flies' will soon be published in 'A Thousand Tiny Knives' an anthology of new writing.

    See more

  3. Plays
    Plays
    On the way I've written short plays which have been performed across the Midlands and in London. It's a good way to learn how much you need to write and rewrite. I like to see how an actor makes lines his or her own and I think it's helped me to get characters talking. I guess that's why Jip and Mira can never agree and even when things might go right for then they somehow miss. I like absurd theatre and writers like writers like Kobo Abe and, of course, Kafka. Perhaps that's why my full length play 'The e-mail History of Josef K' was longlisted for the Manchester Exchange's Bruntwood Prize.

    See more

  4. Poetry
    Poetry
    It all started with poetry. I've been writing poetry since I was twelve. For me it's like a diary, capturing moments in my life as well as what I see around me. Even when I'm writing about the terrors at the End of the World I want the shortest, concisest way of getting to the heart of what it's like - even if that's cold, damp and wet. My poems have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies over the years.

    See more

  5. Radio
    Radio
    I like the sound of words. I love to listen to the radio and only hear what's going on so my imagination takes over. You may notice that when the waves crash over the Mariner's Quay or when they drag helpless victims away. My sketches for Radio were featured on 'Arnold Brown and Company' on Radio 4, some of which were developed from sketches I wrote for my theatre group, 'The Winking Frogs'.

    See more

  6. Articles
    Articles
    Most of my articles have been about sustainable development and protecting the countryside. I've had articles published in magazines and newspapers including the Birmingham Post and the Guardian. As well as many letters published in newspapers, I've appeared on regional and national television to put the case for the environment. Perhaps my greatest claim to fame is being the picture clue on 'Have I Got News for You' but since I was dressed as a bureaucrat and wearing a pig mask to highlight damage to wildlife sites maybe no one noticed.

    See more