Writer and composer
Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, I have written since I could hold a pencil. This progressed to tapping out stories on prehistoric typewriters from the auction rooms my father frequented. And the journey has never stopped since.
"With her wedding ring as good as a pair of shackles, no wonder it was usually to be found abandoned on the kitchen sill –
a golden nugget among the cobwebs,
Fairy washing-up liquid and turmeric-stained Marigolds."
Extract from Northern Boy
Creative Future Writers' Awards Gold Prize
Having studied Mathematics at a small Welsh university, far from the cobbled streets of my childhood, I chose to earn a living with words. I worked as a journalist, on publications ranging from the Guardian to the Young Telegraph. A successful short story writer, Northern Boy is my first full work: a coming-of-age novel about being a “butterfly among the bricks”.
I live in north London with my partner and our dog Milo. When I'm not working on my writing or in my day job at a large City law firm, I enjoy long walks in Epping Forest, dreaming up new stories. I also compose music and would love to write a musical.