I was a what was once called a "Fleet Street journalist" for twenty exciting years, fifteen of them as a feature writer on the Daily Mail. I left there in 2005 and have since written two books; a biography of actor Colin Farrell published by John Blake and in 2009 I published, Inside, an account of my year teaching literacy and art inside HMP Wormwood Scrubs. That was published by the Social Affairs Unit.
I write film reviews for the Salisbury Review Magazine and contribute diary stories to the national papers.
My main interest is art, in particular painting. I have taken part in numerous exhibitions as a member of the Stuckist painters. I had a painting hung in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and a painting in the RA Summer Show. Until I was struck by cancer I hoped to make a new career as a portrait painter. I still hold on to that hope!