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I enjoy a busy life.  Depending on the day of the week or the contents of my in-tray, I’m a writer, theatre director, musician, all three, or none. This used to bother me.  Now I just wake up and get on with whatever the day brings.

Since 2009, I’ve been Co-Director of Theatre for Take Art, a pioneering arts charity that serves the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset. It’s a part-time development role I share with Sarah Peterkin.

Over the last six years I’ve flown back and forth to India researching and writing Rising from the Dust, musical-directed and composed the music for two pantos at The Theatre Royal, Winchester, written several feature articles and been employed as an arts project manager, facilitator and trainer in the public, corporate and voluntary sectors.  

Until the end of 2004, I was Artistic Director of proteus, one of the south’s leading touring companies. Prior to that I was Artistic Director of West 28th Street, company in residence at Fairfield, Croydon.  

As a pianist and musical director, I’ve performed on both sides of the Atlantic and composed the musical scores for over ten shows.  

My inquisitive mind has landed me in a number of countries. Those I’ve spent the most time in include India, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand.

I’m in my element when travel and writing opportunities meet.  In December 2008, I travelled to Niyamgiri in Orissa where I was commissioned by Resurgence magazine to explore the potential impact of the Vedanta mining project on the cultural and spiritual rights of the Khondas tribes.

In 2009 I moved to the small market town of Crewkerne, South Somerset. Not far away is the village of East Coker, home of the Helyar Arms (yes, there is a connection), ancestral home of TS Eliot and birthplace of the explorer William Dampier, the first Englishman to set foot on Australian soil.  

Even closer is the village of Odcombe, from where Thomas Coryate left in 1612 to walk to India.  Both Coryate and Dampier will feature in future writing projects.

Finally, if you’d like to know why this site is called ‘empty canvas’ and what Danny Kaye has to do with it, please check out Rising from the Dust page 100.  

Thanks for reading.

It might sound as if I’m a ‘go with the flow’ kind of guy.  I am.  And I’m also not.

I like to have every minute of the day planned. I’m obsessed with lists: I have lists of lists and I have lists of where I keep my lists.  I have neatly ruled notebooks of lists and online lists that keep my mobile, tablet and PC in sync.

But you can’t beat the back of an envelope.