MANY years ago, after three happy years at Liverpool University, I pondered what to do next. With ideas of becoming a journalist, I got a job in London (in the Civil Service) and set off for the smoke.
Hey presto, a mere 18 months later I was running the library for Building magazine, then got a job as sub-editor on the mag. And thus I started on the path to fame and fortune . . .
The heady world of newspapers beckoned, first at the Lincolnshire Standard in Boston, then the Express & Echo in Exeter. It wasn’t quite back in the days of hot metal but not far from it, so I witnessed the advent of computers and all the changes that took place in production as the industry moved from the days of typesetting to page make-up online.
In 1994 I went freelance: since then I’ve been a film critic, done shifts on numerous local papers, written for all manner of publications (including The Times, Take A Break, PC Plus and Empire film magazine), spent 21 months in Australia with my family, and worked in PR.
I am currently looking for work of any sort, to fit in with occasional shifts as a reporter for local press, and with voluntary work for the local Wildlife Trust.
I’m also studying for a science degree with the Open University, play table tennis, am a keen geocacher . . . and have set my sights on visiting the Galapagos Islands.
If you’ve got a writing / editing / reporting project or idea, please give me a shout to discuss what we can achieve together. Look forward to hearing from you.
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