I’m a semi-retired retailer/property manager who has started writing, having moved down to Somerset after living and working in London. After a time studying at the City Lit, where twice my pieces were selected for the institute’s annual ‘best of’ publication, Between The Lines, I was invited to join a workshop run by my tutor, the poet Christina Dunhill, with other published writers.

An extract from my prime work-in-progress Stacked: My Book of Airports won me a trip to Sydney in the Heathrow 70 Writing Competition celebrating the airport’s 70th birthday. This was published online. Other chapters have been both short- and long-listed in the Fish Short Memoir Prize. My eulogy to David Bowie after his death in 2016 was also long-listed by Fish. I also have a novel in progress and have written a number of shorts stories.

As well as my monthly workshop, I am a member of the Word Factory and attend their readings and events. I am a Galley Beggar ‘Buddy’ and support their writers and their readings.