I entered the graphic arts market in 1977, joining a commercial sheet-fed printer as an estimator/production controller. Three years later I left for Watford College to take an HND in Printing Technology. In 1983 I became a journalist on Printing World magazine and I’ve been writing for the graphic arts market ever since. My first book, Trouble Shooting For Printers, was published by the BPIF in 1990.
In 2006 I decided to be, in my spare time, ‘an author’ and in 2009 my first novel, the historical fiction The Italian Chapel, was published by Black & White Publishing in Edinburgh. This was followed in 2010 by the publication of the non-fiction Orkney’s Italian Chapel: The True Story of an Icon. Since then I have published my memoir, Nylon Kid of the North. This tells another true story, both hilarious and tragic, of certain medically-related events that took place between 1981 and 1983. My latest novel, Men Cry Alone, is a highly controversial book about domestic violence against men... where men are the victims of abuse from women.
Most of my time during 2015 has been taken up with the stage play Casting Off, a story of friendship, loneliness and sacrifice, where reaching out to strangers changes the lives of the characters completely … as it can for all of us.