I have graduated four times from three different English universities. All my degrees are drama-based. My PhD thesis was entitled “Radio Drama at the Crossroads” (2008). A lot of this site will consist of material related to my research and on-going academic projects. I have written four radio plays for the BBC. On a recent visit to the BBC Written Archives at Caversham I found them in the script archive, which was a bit of a bracer.
I have been a member of British Actors Equity since 1976. I was a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain for many years and served on their radio committee from 2005-8.
In September 2011 I very rapidly lost my sight. Turned out it was a hereditary pituitary tumour weighing heavy on my optic nerve. Urgent neurosurgery at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham was a brilliant success. It cured the visual problem completely, but the damage to my endocrine system was permanent. I lack energy to a remarkable extent and am permanently somewhat depressed. I have acute social phobia but, then again, I was always a miserable antisocial swine anyway.
I can still think, I can still write both academically and creatively. It takes me a lot longer than it used to but I like to think that is because I’m doing it better.
I could always draw pretty well – the first postgraduate course I was offered was the Arts Council scene design course – but I was a rotten painter. Now, several decades later, I have celebrated my regained sight by taking up painting again. I have no intention of trying to make money through my artwork. I really don’t care what anyone else thinks about it. I do this purely for pleasure.