Thank you for looking me up and welcome to the website I revised in October 2015 (and again in March 2018). I made substantial changes because that year I evolved into a full time writer and lecturer. There were two reasons for this. The first is that I stepped down after eleven happy years as Head of Studies at EsoDoc, an EU Media financed training workshop to encourage filmmakers to work in the area of human rights (see more under Lecturing and Teaching). The second is that in July 2015 my latest book was published by Robson Press. It is called "A Very Private Celebrity: The Nine Lives of John Freeman". It is about the mysterious polymath who died recently aged nearly 100 and it is based on an article I wrote about him in the New Statesman magazine in 2013. Please forgive the self-promotion but as one of the aims of this www. is to sell the book I feel justified to tell you that the national press called the biography 'superb', 'enthralling' and 'rivetting' and this encouraged me to expand the article into a book. Rather to my surprise it was copiously reviewed. The Daily Telegraph Book Club made it Book of the Week and the Daily Mail published 3 pages of extracts. I have been interviewed about it on BBC Radio. I hope you will read more under ‘Books’ and even buy a signed copy at a discounted price - click on the button below to go direct to checkout.
That same autumn I had another article published by the New Statesman magazine, ‘Let Cowards Flinch’ (see under Articles). That was the fifth I have written over the last two to three years, so I may call myself an occasional New Statesman writer, another move in the transition from film teaching to writing.
Since then I have been writing 'Up Top', a history of the former mental hospital near where I live in Wales. It's really a book about how our society has treated the mentally ill over the last 100 years, from asylums for lunatics to community care. The book is based on personal testimonies and archive records and is being published by YLolfa in May. It has shocking and sad stories but, as you will read I hope, some heart warming tales as well.
The aim of my website is to encourage you to buy, even commission, my books and to show you from my articles the variety of my historical interests. It is also to see that one of my loves is lecturing, whether on cruise ships or at film festivals. Under Lecturing and Teaching you will find the www addresses that lead to my entries on ships cruising and literature festival websites.
As for my film teaching, I want to show you what EsoDoc does (after all, British tax payers help pay for it), encourage you to invite me to show you my presentation of human rights filmmaking and, if relevant, even apply for ESoDoc workshops.
For how long the UK will continue to support the EU Creative Arts is a moot point. Probably in two years time when we have Brexited all this will come to an end. What an unnecessary disaster!!