About

Having finally taken the step of submitting my fiction writing for publication, it seemed appropriate to establish my own corner of the web.

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Who am I?

A researcher for almost 25 years, having also dabbled in lecturing, my life revolves around my adopted home of Liverpool and ‘spiritual home’ in the Shetland Isles. You’ll also find me in other locations (such as the West Highlands, Snowdonia or Belfast) with either a pair of running shoes or a notepad and pen in hand! It’s true that if I didn’t spend quite so much time scrambling through mountains or running 1,000 miles each year I might have placed multiple books in print by now… But then, I’d have missed half the experiences which inspire the stories!

What is this site for?

Providing information on the books I am working on, which are predominantly “science fiction and alternative futures”. I have no illusions about becoming the next J.K.Rowling, but I love creating and sharing stories. Hopefully this website will help with that. My aim is to get published in the traditional way, via an agent and publisher; but if need be this site will be developed to have links to self-published options.

The site also provides information about Liverpool and Shetland. Both – for very different reasons – are great places, and form a core part of my life. I will share tips for the many people who have not yet visited either. You could not think of two so different locations, but both are well worth visiting, living and investing in. (As the slogan goes…)

I also intend to publish much of the information I gathered through my geography MSc on this site, which may be useful to some. Geography matters in this topsy-turvy world. Increasingly so as truths get distorted and we face up to so many challenges (including global warming). Whatever I can do to help promote that I will, so I guess there’s still something of the academic in me!

Any information on this site is completely separate from my working career (for those who may know of or have heard of me from my number-crunching orb), and commercial and professional commitments mean that it must remain so.

What next?

Check back regularly (please!) Liverpool didn’t win European Capital of Culture overnight and it takes a while to upload this mountain of information!

Page updated 14/08/21