I was born in North London and was a pupil at Highgate School. We were given reading lists for the summer which I attempted. I preferred comic books.
After several years studying science and engineering at University, I took a job in Edinburgh for a small start-up called PPL Therapeutics. Along with the Roslin Institute, they created Dolly - the cloned sheep. After redundancy, I worked for Serologicals and Wyeth in Dublin.
On my return to the UK, I joined the public sector, working for Innovate UK, now part of UKRI. I wrote the first Biosciences strategy, created the iCURE scheme and negotiated our first collaboration with another innovation agency. After a break for writing, I did maternity cover in quantum engineering at Bristol University.
My interest in creative writing began in 2007 when I took a creative writing and scriptwriting class in London. I was hooked by the mixture of creativity and process (sequences). I had a play, FIREWALL, performed at the Montreal Fringe Festival. I write every day and have attended multiple writing courses. Much of my blog is a summary of them.
My initial focus has been plays. I was long listed for the Old Vic 12 and recently shortlisted for Bristol Old Vic's Open Session. I've written 2 full length plays: MIDNIGHT SUNRISE and HIT POINTS and have had 5 short plays performed (KILLING RAINBOWS, TICK-TOCK, TANK, A GAME OF TWO HALVES, CHAINSAW).
However, when I joined the Bristol Film and Video Society, I began making short films, either as writer, director or anything else. So far I've been involved in quite a few (CARLESS DRIVER, COUNT TO THREE, MARIGOLDS, BORIS, MONKEY BARS). Now, as a founding member of DIY Films, I've helped to make ONE LIFE STAND and EDMUNDS.
On the writing side, I've got 2 novels in a drawer along with plenty of other works in progress. In terms of feature films, I'm focussed on a sci-fi ORBITAL and a lower budget refugee story, NOT OUT.