Writer
Musician
Broadcaster

About


Welcome to my very own, homegrown, website. If you want to find out exactly what it is I do to keep myself busy and out of trouble these days, you have come to just the right place.

Weekly Columns


I write a weekly column for the Bristol Post, "Diary of an Urban Grandad." It has an average readership of 200,000 in the South-West area of the UK.

I also write a weekly column for the Hull Daily Mail, "Notes from an Ex-popstar.” It has an average readership of 230,000 in the North West of the UK. Check out some of my articles here

National Papers


These days I write about travel for some of the national newspapers, including The Mail on Sunday, The Observer and The Sunday Times. Here are a selection of pieces.

Magazines


I've written for various magazines, here are a few examples.

School Visits


These days I occasionally visit schools to talk about life as an author, storyteller, poet and musician. If you would be interested in booking me to visit your school, click on the link...

Authors Abroad

Music


I started off my professional life as a musician. I used to busk as a kid, then when I was at University I met Paul Heaton and we formed a band called The Housemartins.

After a few years of that, I took a break from music - retiring gracefully. This lasted approx 25 years - until Spring 2013 when I was invited into a garden shed to play a session. So I wrote 3 songs and played them with a couple of mates. Here is the 'songs from the shed' session.

Songs From The Shed

Everybody Needs A Shed


During my musical retirement, I had the opportunity to write and produce quite a few songs for various childrens TV shows and broadcasters.

A couple of years ago I had fun writing some songs for a preschool children’s TV show called The Bopps.

Television


A while back I did some acting, of sorts. Appearing in a TV show for ITV called Bottom Knocker Street. It’s a kids show, starring my old mate Phill Jupitus. I played several characters, in a selection of weird wigs and crazy costumes. It gets shown on CITV at various times. Well worth a watch if you get the chance. Honest.

BTW that's me in the tiny purple hat!

A couple of years I co-wrote and appeared in a couple of series of a preschool music show called The Bopps for Nick Jr UK.

Books


If I say so myself, I have written lots of books. When the total got to about 120 I stopped counting. They’re all aimed at children or teenagers. They vary from first readers, with lots of pictures and very few words, all the way up to teenage novels with hardly any pictures at all.

If you’d like to find out more, check out this link to Amazon.

Contact


If you fancy getting in touch via Facebook or Twitter, please do. I'm always happy to have a chat , especially if it concerns some new and exciting project.