I’ve worked as a published and commissioned writer for over two decades.
My written work for the cultural sector includes business plans, artistic strategies and sector reports along with numerous funding applications.
I’m the Embedded Artist with Cultural Adaptations – a Creative Europe project, led by Creative Carbon Scotland with partners in Scotland and three EU countries, on culture’s role in society’s adaptation to climate, and the Adaptation issues that cultural organisations need to think about. Previously I’ve worked as writer/artist in residence for the Beacon Museum and Gallery in Cumbria.
As a travel writer my published work includes guidebooks with Rough Guides, Frommers, Crimson and Punk Publishers, alongside articles for various publications. The areas of the world I know best include North America – the US and Canada – the Southern Caribbean, Malta, Scotland, France and the English Lake District. I sat on the executive committee of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild for two years and have written on independent travel, food, travelling with children and eco-tourism.
As a playwright I’ve had work produced in regional theatre, literature festivals and pub theatre. I also made short documentary films, and radio features while working for, and training with, BBC Radio Bristol’s Social Affairs department. And a short documentary on the cross sands walk over Morecambe Bay for the British Universities Film and Video Council. I trained in screenwriting and script development with Phil Parker
I run my own company, Open Road, which creates work inspired by real life stories and histories. I’m a member of Scottish Pen – an organisation that promotes literature, fosters cross-cultural exchange and champions freedom of expression.