I’m an artist, writer and graphic novelist based in Stromness, Orkney Islands.
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. According to my parents by the time I was three they’d leave me alone for hours with a load of pencils and paper and let me get on with it.
When I was 12 my dad discovered me reading an issue of Batman and gave me Art Spiegelman’s Maus, which for the first time made me want to be a comics writer as opposed to just a comics creator. If you haven’t read Maus, you should.
When I was 16 I moved to the UK for my A-levels with an art scholarship. I went to a boarding school in Buckinghamshire. Aside from some good friends and some great teachers, I hated it. Apart from the art tuition I received then, I’m self-taught.
I’m most often to be found hunched over a keyboard or drawing board, making stories, usually in the company my wife, editor, ideas-basher and occasional-picker-upper-and-duster-offer Anna, and often with a cat in my lap.
The war can’t be won. The war has won.
In the town every house is the same, every day is the same. On one side the chimneys. On the other, the war. It marches across the horizon. It roars and swings its fists. The people of the town know – one day the war will see them, will cross the ocean and fall upon them.
All his life Bobby has lived in the town. It’s seeped into him. He wonders:
is he ill? Night brings strange dreams. He walks in his sleep.
He’s like the town itself – balanced on the brink of madness.» The Boy with Nails for Eyes
Wreckage of Dreams
Night. A small raft, adrift on the sea with a dead engine, is alone under the moon.
In March 2011 seventy refugees fled Libya, heading for Europe across the Mediterranean. A few days into their journey, the engine died…
On Harrowdown Hill
In 2003 a body was discovered in an area of woodland known as Harrowdown Hill in Oxfordshire. It was identified as weapons inspector David Kelly, who had been at the centre of the ‘Dodgy Dossier’ scandal during the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq…» Short Operas
A few others stories and previews of works in progress.» Stories & Sundries