My writing CV

Published books

Charlotte Bronte’s Devotee, Independently published August 2019

Ordnance, The History Press June 2018

MacRobert’s Reply, Story Terrace, December 2016

War on Wheels, The History Press September 2016

Other writing

Writing biographies for The Story Terrace

Occasional writing for my blogs and newspapers including The Lincolnshire Echo

Writing experience and education

As chief executive at Lincoln Cathedral, I set up the website and wrote the regular ‘highlight of the week’ blog. Half way through my time I started and wrote a monthly e-letter. Throughout my tenure I wrote an occasional column for the Lincolnshire Echo and also pieces for the Lincolnite.

MA Professional Writing, University College Falmouth (2008/2009)

The course has taken my previous writing experience and has added discipline and a far better awareness of the market and the needs of readers. I have focused on the Novel and Non-Fiction but have also gained experience of writing for the web and an awareness of business writing, features and script. I contributed to This Weekend, a project run in conjunction with the National Trust, the Creative Falmouth and ProfWriting websites. Following the award of the MA I completed the novel, Broken Bonds, which I began as my MA project.

BA Humanities, University of Exeter (2005-2008)

At Exeter and previously at the University of Leicester I wrote on Art and Architecture, Roman and Renaissance Poetry, Urban and Rural History, Shakespeare and Marlow, DH Lawrence and Dreams in 20th Century Literature. My dissertation was entitled: Children’s literature as Christian discourses: to what extent and in what ways may Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and the ‘Harry Potter’ novels of JK Rowling be read as Christian discourses? I was awarded a First Class Honours Degree.

Vaughan Writers (2005-2007)

A group from the certificate course set up a writers group and in our first year we published an anthology, Against the Wall, which won the National Association of Writers Groups Prize for 2007

Alastair A novel set mainly in between the wars Paris which explores a man’s search for his late mother’s past. 312pp

Certificate in Creative Writing, University of Leicester (2003-2005)

This course covered Aspects of Genres, Narrative Drive, Writing beyond the margin, From reader to writer and back again; Writing for performance; and Preparing to be published. An article I wrote about the course was published in the iatefl magazine.

NEC course in creative writing 2001

This was my introduction to writing and got me hooked and they still quote my enthusiasm.

Lincoln Diocesan Newspaper Chairman of editorial panel and contributor 1997-2003

 

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