I think I write to put a full-stop to an interest. My books act as summaries of all those things which have engaged me.
My first novel “The Fate of Glassingall” (Olive Press/Impact Books 1991) gave shape to my childhood fascination with my grandfather’s house in Scotland. Illustrated by the artist Michael Potter, my brother, it was a free-flowing compendium of schooldays, ghosts, rock music, flying saucers, real and model railways, the eccentricity of adults, and the pain of loss when the house was demolished.
My seven CD/MP3/audiobooks for SmartPass (1999-2010): “Macbeth”, “Hamlet”, “Julius Caesar”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Twelfth night”, “Pre-20th century poetry” and “Shakespeare: the works” came out of a career teaching English Literature. “Romeo and Juliet” won Bronze at the 2004 Speaking and Listening awards. (All are available as downloads and CDs from www.smartpass.)
“A Third Wheel” (Panther 2009) was the only book in English on conversions of motorcycle to sidecar outfits and trikes, and was the culmination of years of interest in and ownership of these eccentric vehicles. I use a Harley-Davidson trike and a Honda ‘Fury’ with Watsonian ‘Meteor’ sidecar almost daily.
“Carry on, College!” (H & SA 2011) brought together every amusing event and a gallery of extraordinary people in a summation of my years working for the Catholic Jesuit College in Wimbledon, and featured a huge number of photographs from my collection.
“Wimbledon College – the first 125 years” (The History Press 2017) was a co-written historian’s view of the entire history of the institution. (It is available from www.wimbledoncollege.org.uk.)
“Shooting Europe” (Trans-Oceanic-Press 2019) is a mirror of my travels in America and Europe and my satirical interest in the concept art movement and the revenge plot.
“Dark Lines” (2019) is a selection of poems, originally from a collection published in 2008, each being the outcome of dreams, nightmares and the darkness.
“Dressing as Julia” (publication due 2020) reflects my involvement in youth theatre – adapting, producing and writing plays and directing musicals for teenagers – and interesting observations I have made about relationships between pupils and their teachers. The novel is set in New York and Canada.
“The Loss of Glenturret” (publication due late-2019) is a revised, sharpened and modernized version of the 1991 novel designed to make links to “Shooting Europe” in a sequence of fictional works under the umbrella “Secrets from the Last Century”.
I have also contributed articles ranging from the technical to the religious to magazines on-line and off, and have prize-winning poetry in several anthologies.
I am a member of the Society of Authors, and I was awarded an MBE for work in education and school drama in 2016.