thought-provoking drama and fiction
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Ben and Joe's (m)
Los Feliz (m)
Now We Are Pope (m)
Tadzio Speaks . . . (m)
The Butterfly's Wing
First and Fiftieth
A Sense of Loss
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My first story collection and novel were written from a primarily British gay perspective while my later fiction offers a much broader view of human experience. Throughout, the predominant themes have been desire, love and loss. The perspective is often intense and pessimistic, which I am aware limits my readership.
Apart from brief forays in youth and middle-age, my involvement in theatre began in 2011. Having acted in comedy and drama on stage and on screen in London and Edinburgh, I am now more often behind the scenes, as writer, director and / or producer. In 2018 I won the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award for The Report. My most recent production was directing Maggie Macleod in my one-woman play Sunset at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. I am currently creating a new version of the 2,000-year-old comedy The Satyricon for Arbery Productions, which will premiere in November 2020. Unfortunately, the March 2020 production of Noel Coward's Hay Fever that I am directing for Edinburgh community drama group EGTG, has been postponed until March 2021.
My non-fiction consists primarily of studies of the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS across the world in the 1980s-2000s. I also wrote light journalism - travel articles, book reviews, opinion pieces - during this time.
Born in Dundee, I grew up in Edinburgh. My next forty years were spent working across the globe, first as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, later as a consultant in HIV/AIDS education, briefly as a tour operator. Over the years I have made a home in London, Halkis (Greece), Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, New York and Bangkok.
In 2014 I returned to Scotland, where - notwithstanding the threats of independence and the collapse of civilisation from overpopulation and climate change - I hope to spend the next forty years. After that I have no plans.
I dislike social media but post occasionally on Facebook and Twitter as "actserious".
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