Gary grew up in Chesterfield, in the shadow of the miner’s strike, which became a formative part of his life. An interest in industrial history led him to an undergraduate degree in History before moving to London to complete an MA in Creative Writing at Kingston University – under the tutorage of Rachel Cusk and Hanif Kureishi.
After graduating in 2010, Gary worked in the film industry as an Assistant Director (on films such as WWZ, Quartet and Harry Potter) before moving back to the East Midlands to concentrate on writing and develop a career in communications for the arts. From 2014 Gary looked after marketing for First Art, an Arts Council Creative People and Places project, and joined Writing East Midlands in 2018, excited to continue developing new audiences for the creative industry and moving professionally into the literary sphere.
“Writing East Midlands feels like a homecoming, working professionally in the writing world, and combines several of my passions – connecting people with the arts, nurturing new talent, championing literature and helping to develop infrastructure for creativity in the region.”