First job was as a copywriter, which when I was headhunted led me to London, where I attended the London Cartoon Centre, put together a well-received comics anthology, and was approached by Marvel. Moving to Nottingham, I studied scriptwriting at The Sandfield Centre under John Wood, who turned out to have written and performed in the first play I remember seeing as a child.
I did my first film treatment based on my first play, Probably A Robbery. It secured me a meeting with Four Weddings And A Funeral producer Tim Bevan. Nothing came directly from that, but it helped lead me to develop film projects for production companies and filmmakers, and with the work I was starting to do in script development I was selected to deliver scriptwriting classes by the UK Film Council.
Along the way, Ive scripted episodes of Doctors for the BBC, written a sample script for The Bill while spending time with the shows writers and editors, and developed a tv series of my own that has yet to find a home The Sharp End, set in the world of drugs work. Ive also had a short film tour internationally with British Council support, had plays performed, and short stories published.
Since working on computer games and interactive projects, I’m increasingly fascinated by the possibilities for writers in the modern media landscape. Together with producer Gael McLaughlin and artist Andy Tudor, I’m part of a new venture – Storia – geared to developing storyworlds to be realised in all media. Gael’s project Madam Samurai has a gaming app on the way, and there is serious interest in the project from TV and film. Spacers, which Andy and I concocted, has attracted investment from a Malaysian entrepreneur with interests in theme parks.
I do some work as a coach and trainer, and bring these skills together in 1:1 and group work with writers and anyone interested in creativity more generally. Clients include Screen East, University College Chester, and Nottingham City Council.