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.
Last, but not least, I am a keen photographer, concentrating on monochrome images. You can see my work on my photography website.