The tagline says I am a programmer, poet and photographer. I suppose my lifetime obsession has been programming, which I began in 1967 after getting a B.Sc. in mathematics. Within weeks of starting I found myself working on software for the QE2 which had just been launched. That kept me busy for a couple of years during which I sailed to New York, the Canary Islands and Lisbon, not to mention several test trips round the Scottish islands.
When personal computers appeared at the end of the 70s I fell in love with them and have been writing word processing software for them ever since.
In the early 80s I developed a program called MacAuthor which was used by the late Douglas Adams to write Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. It was the first novel to be produced using a computer, and printed using an Apple Laserwriter.
I now develop apps solely for Apple computers: iPhones, iPads, laptops and desktops. I currently have an app for sale on the AppStore called Writing Shed. I designed it to be used by writers, particularly poets. I am presently working on a new and much more sophisticated app for writers to be called Write Now. This should be ready by the end of 2020.
I have been a poetry lover since my late teens, but didn’t begin writing any until 2001. I went to lots of workshops, especially with the Poetry School, attended a number of Arvon Courses, completed three years with the Open College of the Arts, and obtained an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan university.
I have had poems published in a number of magazines including The North, Envoi and Obsessed with Pipework, and have been long listed three times in the National Poetry Competition. I have also had work published in six Beautiful Dragons anthologies. A few years ago I won the John Dryden Translation Competition with translations of Eugenio Montale made in collaboration with Carla Scarano.
Pandemonium from Yaffle Press is my first publication. Other books will hopefully follow when I have finished working on Write Now.
Last, but not least, I am a keen photographer, concentrating on monochrome images. You can see my work on my photography website