Hi! Hello! Hola! How do you do? Ahoy!
I’m a writer, performer and puppeteer from the British Colonies. I was born in England and brought up in Australia and New Zealand with three years of childhood in Hong Kong.
Currently living in Spain, I’m working as an assistant English teacher in a small town in the Valle de Nalón, in Asturias. I’m helping out in two small primary schools and I have my own class of teenagers working towards their Trinity exams. (They will pass with flying colours!)
This is the view from my sixth floor window in Oviedo, where I live.
Last year I worked in a secondary school on the Costa Brava, in Catalunya. I lived in a small town called Blanes. This was the view from my fourth floor window looking out towards Palafolls – you can just see the castle on the nearest peak.
Comparisons are odious.
In 2016 I visited Hong Kong, Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Denmark and fleetingly, Sweden. In 2017 I added England. I’ve still got the travel bug! There’ll be more!
Walking the Camino de Santiago in June and July of 2016 was a life-changing experience. I walked the Camino del Norte, starting in Irun to Oviedo and went through the Primitivo Way to Finisterre. You know that saying, ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’? Well, I did. And I did. And I do.
Don’t we all?
I’m working on a large project at the moment – it’s daunting, exciting and intriguing. I’ll let you know the minute you can read it. For now you might be interested in having a look at my two previous books, EKTEK and Man of Clay.
EKTEK is about endangered animals trying to help themselves.
Man of Clay is about marriage, families and frogs.
They say the first five hundred reviews are the hardest. As you can see, I’d really appreciate your help on that!
I’ve published reviews, articles and short stories. You can find my Wire Short Stories on issuu, together with some other work.
Let me know what you think!
If you are interested in the lie of the land of the Camino del Norte/Primitivo, you might be interested in watching my boots video, Footage:
I was lucky enough to attend Titimundi 2016, the best little puppet festival in the world. Set in the old town of Segovia, where a Roman viaduct soars with the swallows, most of the puppet shows take place in beautiful antique patios of ancient palaces. Watching French company, La Perdue’s version of Punch performed energetically (featuring chickens) I was struck by the timelessness of this art. There we were in a thousand-year old palace garden, with the beautifully painted booth set up against a curving wall decorated in fresh spring vine leaves, watching a spectacle that might have played just the same way three hundred, nay six hundred years before. That puppet booth was a time machine.
UNIMA’s World Puppet Festival 2016, which happens every four years, played in San Sebastian/Donastia. I saw some incredible shows there, among them La Licorne’s breathless Spartacus, another French wonder.
I tried some yoga classes in Spanish, found some flexible teachers in Gracia, Barcelona (who teach in English!) and enjoyed a class in Catalan with Brisa.