I’m a practitioner and also a professional writer of Tarot, astrology and mythology related features and articles, with other writing published; short fiction, flash fiction and verse.
I’ve always been a bookworm. Books are flying carpets. Reading is a form of travel.
Fiction. Non-fiction. Books. A Tarot deck is also a book; a 78 page story book of human history and the human condition. Books and Art History drew me to the storybook medium that is a Tarot card deck, but what drove me to learn o read the Tarot was a question to do with a challenging health problem, a form of autoimmune arthritis, for which I had had varying diagnoses, but no meaningful explanations or sufficiently effective treatment from health professionals. A dream gave me a back-story and a diagnosis which later checked out by lab report, and I began studying the Tarot to find out more about the way the mind works, the unconscious and the subconscious, waking and sleeping.
Psychic divination, Reading and writing. Story-finding, story-telling and story- processing, it all comes from the same place within us all.
Besides my paid writing work, I have had non-fiction, short fiction and verse published digitally and in print, in anthologies and magazines, including, but not exhaustively, Ask Astrology, Attune Magazine, Crack The Spine Magazine, Litro Magazine, The Literary Review, and others.
I have written a novel, a modern ghost story, inspired by ancient Greek myth and the story of Charon the Ferryman. A grieving young policeman is desperate to move on with his life, but first he must find the Ferryman, to carry home the dead.
Ancient legends do not lie.
I have another novel in progress, and as per usual with this novel writing activity, there are files containing failed or parked experiments.
Writing fiction has been a largely solitary activity. However I am actively involved in one writing hangout, the very friendly, easy-going…and increasingly international writing community at Litopia. I scout for special guests for a weekly video podcast show hosted by London literary agent Peter Cox, Pop-Up Submissions, and make regular appearances as a supporting panellist.
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I have had poems published in a number of book anthologies and regional magazines and online publications. Below is my first published poem, Compute Awe, published in the Literary Review.
Designed a World in RAM and ROM
The Programme’s called Till Kingdom Come
No viruses have crashed it yet
Designed by TheDevil@Helldotnet
Old Nick the Hacker means to win
So far he’s failed; we’re still plugged in
And hear the God-computer hum
The universal sound of ‘Om’
Creation real and unpretending
In countless files with files still pending
From here to nebulas most far
From single cell to giant star
For all a life from birth to death
And in-between its every breath
Our highest inspiration
And spirit’s destination
The ROM His Universal Laws
The RAM means; choices, chances, flaws
And Life that cannot be destroyed
Its bits and bytes just re-deployed
In awe we stand, in hope we pray
The Programme runs till Judgment Day.
Published Non- Fiction 2019 (selection)
Perfect work with a lot of research. High quality work – we can only recommend- Ask Astrology, Helloo A.S, Luxembourg
“The Greatest Leap,” Crack The Spine Digital Literary Magazine, Lucid Press. Click To Read
“Joe’s Ark,”Litro Magazine Online: Click To Read
“Tales of Our Times”, Thatcher, Whyte & Hazeldine, Pentland Press.
‘Funny, witty and apt” – letter from Doris Lessing.
Co- author and illustrator: Click for Info
Pop-Up Submissions: Stories and Writing: in Live Discussion with literary agent Peter Cox and special guests, authors Shaun Curry & Daisy Waugh.
Panellist on Writer’s Podcast, Pop- Up Submissions