I am a writer for stage and screen. I was brought up in Llanelli, Wales. I currently live in West Yorkshire with my fiancee and cats.
I have had a multitude of jobs, currently the day job is in retail management. I have worked in a care home and a plastic factory. I have green-groced and bar tended, worked in a curry house, hotels call centres and shops. I have mimed the keyboard professionally and been a roadie for a band, I have been a TV and film extra, and sold popcorn to film fans. I have made drama and taught drama. My interesting collection of jobs have taken me to every corner of the UK and occasionally to Ireland. It has introduced me to a variety of people and shown me more of the world than staying still would. One day, I am sure it will pad out a mediocre biography, but in the meantime, it pays the bills and might inspire some ideas for my writing!
I studied for both my undergraduate degree and my master’s degree at the University of Glamorgan, the first is in Theatre and Media Drama and the latter is in Scriptwriting. I also have a couple of further education teaching qualifications knocking about somewhere too which I got at Doncaster College. I have also studied Performing Arts, Media and Art and Design at Camarthernshire College.
In my younger years I played guitar badly in some pretty awful bands, but it gave me a taste for lyric writing. Lyric writing soon became writing poetry, and poetry became plays.
I am interested in writing dark and tragic characters, then, pushing them to the extremes of human nature. I like ordinary people making massive, life crushing, soul destroying mistakes in extraordinary situations. Often in life, there is no redemption or happy ending. Despite this outlook, I would say that I have a very good sense of humour!
Favourite films include ‘There Will Be Blood’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘The Godfather’, ‘Amelie’. ‘, my favourite albums are ‘The Holy Bible’ by the Manic Street Preachers and ‘The Queen is Dead’ by The Smiths. Favourite plays are ‘The Bald Prima Donna’ by Ionesco, Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’, Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’ and Ed Thomas’ ‘House of America’ (Ed Thomas once complimented my beard- from a writer I greatly admire, I will take that compliment to my grave)