Author and Scriptwriter

I have been a freelance writer for over thirty years. I am the author (or co-author) of eight novels, four audiobooks, two audio plays for Big Finish, and eight non-fiction books, mostly concerning television in general and Doctor Who in particular. In my parallel career as a scriptwriter, I have written for Doctors (BBC1), Family Affairs (Channel Five) and Fair City (RTÉ), and was lead writer on CBBC's Crisis Control.

I've also written comic strips, short stories and journalism.

I am a former Wessex regional rep of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, and also a member of BAFTA and the Royal Television Society.

In 2019 I completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University (where I lectured for three years) and am now a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund based at the University of Bristol and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Winchester. I'm married to a GP and live in Somerset.

Latest News

22 April 2024
At the end of the week (sorry, it's crept up on me very fast!), Peter Anghelides and I will be talking about writing and Doctor Who at Winchester Uni. Click below for more information!

20 December 2023
Crumbs. I've been so busy I realise I haven't updated this webpage (checks notes) in a year. My bad, as they say.

My friend and mentor Fay Weldon died in January and I wrote the obituary for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain and reflected on her wonderful life in a blog. Though illness prevented me from attending the unveiling of a memorial plaque at Bath Spa University in March, I was delighted to hear Kate Mosse delivering the inaugural Fay Weldon Lecture in November.

I had four short talks - on being genre fluid, killing your darlings, rejection, and the work/life balance - uploaded to the RLF website. (Text versions of all exist and, indeed, may even be preferable.)

I was on a couple of judging panels and consequently attended the Writers' Guild of Great Britain awards in January and the Royal Television Society West awards at the Bristol Old Vic in April (picture of me and the good lady doctor below). I was also a guest at a Doctor Who convention in Derby. I'm now partway through my fourth and final year as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Bristol University and in January will be returning to lecturing in scriptwriting at Winchester.

This is all very well, but (I hear you ask, because there are always voices in my head) what about your novels and scripts? Well, watch this space... (Not literally, of course. That would be silly.)