A little bit about me

I'm a British author of poetry, short stories, memoirs and novels. Some of my poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and I have three published novels.

Instilled at an early age with appreciation of the natural world, it is still immensely important to me and much of my poetry celebrates it. I always write from knowledge and experience; indeed it would be possible to identify where I've lived from the places I write about, including Umbria in central Italy where I spent more than thirteen years.

Italian proved a delight to me as another Romance language after my University studies of French and Spanish. My appreciation of the landscape and culture inspired a series of short stories entitled Tales from Rural Umbria as well as my novel The Wolves of Little Mouse Valley.

My novels explore, always through the lens of an intense depiction of place, a wide range of emotions and issues. There is no judgement in their pages; that is for readers if they are that way inclined.

I live close to the sea in Scotland, in a small stone bungalow that was once a stable, with the companionship of two Italian rescue dogs, one or other of which permanently occupies the knee-hole of my desk.

As an amateur photographer, most of the photographs on the website are my own. The one on this page was taken by my good friend Lorraine Johnston.

My novels "Skolthan" and "Queen Anne's Lace" are available as e-books on Amazon. Paperback copies of "Wild Goose" (£9.00 plus p&p) can be requested directly from me.

Outlines and excerpts for all five of my novels can be found after the pages of my published poems.

A little bit about me