I am currently writing a steampunk/sci-fi novel called Clockwork Revolution.
I’ve also returned to Scriptmag, the screenwriting magazine, to write my regular column about being a writer in the digital age.
First poem published at the age of nine. First attempt to write a novel aged eleven. Editor of several student and community magazines. There has never been a point in my life when I haven’t seen myself as a writer.
First professional writing work – freelance photo-journalism for a regional arts magazine.
I worked in the commercial radio industry for many years as a writer/producer. During which time I made good money and won a lot of awards. There is something deeply satisfying about creating radio campaigns for clients. Everything I have ever done since has been informed and influenced by my professional experience writing for the spoken word. My radio showreel can be found here.
I also worked in independent film as a writer/director. As a filmmaker, I won one fairly unimpressive award and some really obscure competitions. My reputation as an independent screenwriter has been built on the back of projects that always attracted significant industry attention, but which ultimately failed to make it all the way to production. It’s fairly typical that my most recent drama project made it to the final twenty shortlisted by the BBC from an initial pool of three-thousand scripts, but didn’t make the final selection. I was asked to write a column for Scriptmag largely because I have always been quite vocal about the film industry and the digital revolution.
In 2016, I went back into post-graduate education and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing. This was an interesting experience for me, largely because I realised that studying creative writing was just another way to avoid writing a novel; a goal I’d set for myself thirty years ago. I intend to complete and publish this novel in 2018.
NEPA – Best in Category – Writer/Producer – 1997/1998/1999
London International Advertising Award – Best in Category – Writer/Producer – 1999
Royal Television Society Awards (Regional) – Commendation – Writer/Producer – 2001
New York Radio Festival – Silver Award – Writer – 2001
Port of Tyne – Commendation – 2015
Four4 Film – Shortlisted – 2015
BBC Writer’s Room (Drama) – Shortlisted – 2016