About

 

rs_portrait2I’m a UK-based writer of novels, short stories and articles.

I try to write on a broad variety of topics, but I have a particular interest in technology, society, and personal philosophy, which all sounds very grand, but I’m also deeply concerned with writing stuff that entertains. An element of humour and/or irony often creeps in.

My writing works on two levels. On the surface: a good plot, interesting characters, and an accessible style. Beneath are the techniques of ‘proper’ literature (symbolism, metaphor, defamiliarisation, intertextuality, metafiction, and all that good stuff) but I use them in support of a strong narrative rather than as ends in their own right.

Some of my favourite writers include David Mitchell, Scarlett Thomas, Jonathan Coe, Kurt Vonnegut, Graham Greene, Dickens, Shakespeare … I could go on.

All of my novels are based in the fictional town of Strathurst, on the border between Hampshire and Surrey.

In my previous jobs I have worked as a civil engineer, software engineer, training instructor and technical writer. I’m also currently writing a regular beer blog for the Southwick Brewhouse.

Novels

  • A Gift of Anger (finished)
  • Mute (finished)
  • Josh Null (working title; first draft underway)

Short Story Competitions

Published Short Stories

Courses & Workshops

Membership

  • Society of Authors (2017-)
  • New Writing South (2016-)
  • Penultimate – Portsmouth Writers’ Circle (2000-2006)
  • Havant and District Writers’ Circle (1995-2002; vice chairman 2000-2002)

Other

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