I’m never sure what to write in these areas, so here goes, I will probably add to this as I go along.
Born in 1964 in one of the rougher areas of Edinburgh, an unremarkable childhood and schooling, aiming for the dole as most of the kids in our area were and getting on with this quite nicely…
One of my first ‘jobs’ was on a Y.O.P. with a photography lab in central Edinburgh but transitioned to taking photographs for the Craigmillar Festival Society for a year or so while helping with the drama outreach programme.
Then I met a girl who was training to be a nursery nurse whilst I was training to be a doss head, kept meeting her from her training placement with under -5s earlier and earlier, going in and reading stories to kids, me with my Robert Smith hair-do as well. Eventually the head teacher said I should apply to become a nursery nurse, I think this was just to get me out of her face.
I then worked with children for over 30 years. Running my own nursery for a couple of years and for 20+ years I’ve worked with children on the autistic spectrum, more specifically Asperger’s Syndrome, in a residential school in North Yorkshire. Eventually it took its toll and I now work as a children’s bookseller for Waterstones.
Studied Art History with the Open University and achieved a BA (Open) and this has helped me to understand my own and others artistic practices, and has helped me develop a body of photography work.
This site is going to be about me practicing writing, any form, lots of reviews; music, book, film, a few personal essays. All with the aim of improving my writing skills through practice, I will be following a couple of creative writing books/courses and the answers/workings/thoughts to the exercises will be part of the site so you can follow my development if you really want to.
I have no more solid outcome than wanting to improve and develop my writing, no novel, no book, no fame (definitely no fortune), but I want to enjoy myself along the way and I hope what I write is enjoyable for you to read.
The site is also going to be a bit of an information dump for anything else that catches my interest so just a bit random at times.
Well just a taster of me, more to come, maybe…