Born and raised in Manchester in the UK, I read English at Leeds University, and hold graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Southern California. My Vanderbilt thesis on director Peter Brook was published in New Theatre Quarterly. At USC, I gained a master’s degree in play/film/fiction writing from the Professional Writing Program and studied with writers Hubert Selby Jr, Jerome Lawrence and John Rechy.
I lived in Los Angeles from 1990-2000 and wrote over 300 theatre reviews, first for the “LA Village View” for whom I conducted a number of interviews, including actor Samuel L. Jackson. From 1997, I was a critic for the “LA Weekly”. I was also a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and the Playwrights Voice Ensemble. In addition, I penned film reviews for Magill’s Cinema Annual and was film editor for “The Big Issue Los Angeles” for two years, delivering monthly film pieces highlighting independent and foreign releases.
Back in the UK, I published over 50 theatre reviews for http://www.whatsonstage.com and “The Stage”. My plays have been seen or given staged readings in London, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, Silver Spring, Orlando, and New York City. I am now concentrating on writing fiction and have a number of stories in print and online, as well as my novel ‘Tales of Freedom’ out in paperback and ebook.
I am married to Deborah, and we have three children.