I grew up in Wigan and St.Helens in the rugby league heartland of England before escaping to France where I played rugby in Aveyron under the name of Walter Graham. I returned to the London, acquired a Masters Degree in Chinese Economics before becoming one of the last District Magistrates dispensing justice in the Solomon Islands in the Western Pacific.Returning to the UK, I acquired another Masters Degree in Development Economics and joined a Lebanese company specialising in war zones and sampled the delights of Angola, Lebanon and Syria before moving into China in 1984 and Eastern and Central Europe when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
I started writing seriously in 2008 and took Katy Darby’s Short Story Writing course followed by Hannah Robinson’s Screenwriting Course at City University, London. I was awarded a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Kingston University in 2010 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2011 specialising in screenwriting with the legendary Barrie Keeffe (The Long Good Friday/Sus) as my inspirational supervisor. I have published poetry and short stories, articles and books on African economies and have been shortlisted for numerous screenwriting awards.