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Arts and Leisure

 

I've had careers in the performing arts (stage design and management), popular music (musician and DJ) and crafts (furniture and ceramics), and degrees in drama and applied art. Whether it's pop history or how-to hobbies, I write with clarity, enthusiasm and personal experience.

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Remarkable Bike Rides cover
Remarkable Bike Rides cover
RRT cover
RRT cover
Moon Landings cover
Moon Landings cover
100 Posters
100 Posters
100 Speeches cover
100 Speeches cover
100 Letters UK cover
100 Letters UK cover
100 Children's Books
100 Children's Books
100 Books cover
100 Books cover
rock stars at home cover
rock stars at home cover
Jaguar - 30 Models That Define The M
Jaguar - 30 Models That Define The M

Pavilion Books, due January 2017 Co-author, automotive history. 29 articles, 42,000 words. Commissioning editor Frank Hopkinson.

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Johnny Depp Hollywood Superstar
Johnny Depp Hollywood Superstar

Instinctive Product Development, 2013 Contributing author. Biography of the Hollywood heart-throb. 7500 of 12000 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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Toots Thielemans Trilogy
Toots Thielemans Trilogy

Not Now Music 2014 Author, CD booklet. Background notes and biography for 3CD rerelaease of noted jazz harmonica player. 800 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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The Very Best of Ragtime
The Very Best of Ragtime

Not Now Music 2015 Author, CD booklet. Background notes and history for a 2CD compilation of ragtime piano music. 800 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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Jazz Noir
Jazz Noir

Not Now Music 2014 Author, CD booklet. Background notes and history for 3CD compilation of jazz film sondtracks from the 1950s. 800 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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Groovy Jazz Organ
Groovy Jazz Organ

Not Now Music, 2014 Author, CD booklet. Background notes and history for 3CD compilation of 1950s jazz and soul organ greats. 800 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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Classic Rock Posters
Classic Rock Posters

Omnibus Press, 2012. Contributing author. Chapters on Early R'n'R & R'n'B, British Invasion, Stadium Rock, late 20th and early 21st century design. 18000 words, 260 captions. Commissioning editor Laura Ward, Elephant Book Company.

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Songs from the War Years
Songs from the War Years

One Day Music, 2014. Author, CD booklet. Background notes and history for 3CD compilation of popular songs from two world wars and both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. 800 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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The Little Book of Birdwatching
The Little Book of Birdwatching

Green Umbrella Publishing, 2006 Author. Book to accompany a DVD in a Christmas giftpack. Descriptions of the birds featured and their roles in folklore, plus sections on habitat and a round-up of organisations and reserves. 128pp, 81 articles, 24000 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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World of Mark Twain
World of Mark Twain

Park Lane Books, due 2014 Author. Biography of the first great American writer, with a detailed review of his major works, a discussion of his place in the 21st century and a summary of sources of further information. 12000 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

Encyclopedia of Rock
Encyclopedia of Rock

Flame Tree Publishing, 2006 Contributing author. 1960s US soul music section. 56 articles, 9750 words. Commissioning editor Micahel Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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Golden Age of Stage Musicals
Golden Age of Stage Musicals

Compendium Publishing (unpublished), 2011 Contributing author. Biographies of singers and choreographers, and essays on trends, in a book on the genre's history from the 1930s to the present. 21 articles, 6200 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing. (Compendium went out of business before the book could be published.)

Soul Legends
Soul Legends

Metro Tins, 2010 Author, CD booklet. Background notes and history for a 3CD collection of rare 60s/70s US soul tracks from the vaults of Curtis Mayfield. 24pp, 5000 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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Greatest Soul Divas
Greatest Soul Divas

Not Now Music, 2013 Author, CD booklet. Background notes and history for a 3CD collection of rare 60s/70s US soul tracks by famous and not so famous women. 900 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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The Joy of Pubs
The Joy of Pubs

Portico, 2013 Contributing author. Miscellany of funny facts and stories about British pubs - crimes, celebrity owners, film locations, ghosts, unusual entertainments, news items etc etc. 26000 of 50000 words.

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