I am a professional journalist and critic with a an abiding passion for cinema, theatre and literature. I have made my living from writing for almost 40 years and consider myself very lucky to have been able to do so. Apart from journalism, I have written several plays, books and short stories. I have even made a short film. I was born in London and have lived here most of my life. Having been spoiled by all that the city has to offer I would now find it very difficult to live anywhere else. My dog, a border collie called Bobby Blue, would probably agree. He gets two walks every day in Kensington Gardens and was once dubbed 'The Most Spoilt Dog in London.' That is quite unfair. I know at least two dogs who are more pampered than him.
I have taught interview techniques to trainee journalists and the art of criticism to sixth formers. I have also instructed adults and professionals in presentation skills and the best way to handle the press and the media.
I believe in sharing my excitement and passion for the subject in question. It is vitally important to encourage an enthusiastic response to literature or the arts and the best way of doing that is by example. All the best teachers in my youth from school through university managed to achieve this by conveying their own thrill of discovery and passing it on. As an English Literature scholar and a professional writer, language is not just a tool for communication with rules but a wild, living thing that needs to be understood and controlled. My approach is therefore very hands on: to show by example, to reveal - where possible - through theatre visits, television, books, stories and anecdotes as well as essential facts the alchemy of language and its incalculable power.
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|Bedford College, Univ of London||1974||College||2:2 Eng Lit BA Hons|