About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.

The Battle of Barking Creek.

Written as a short radio play this true story of a friendly fire incident on day three of World War Two where two of our airmen were shot down resulting in the tragic death of one of them.

Details of the Courts Martial are still under Official Secrets, a fascinating story that deserves to be told as a full length feature film.

Available on Amazon.


Nobby Brasso Football Star.

Nobby Brasso Football Star was my first children’s book to be published and tell the story of hardy northern folk who don’t have the need for a jacket, even in the depths of winter.

Nobby, together with the Oldcastle manager Brian Duff who requires far too much “medicine” from his flask and Jacque Frost  the latest sinning from France win the Cup Final. Suitable for readers aged 5 to 8 years old.

Available on Amazon.


The Plays Wot I Wrote.

The Plays Wot I Wrote is the first book I published, the title was a tribute to the comedians Morcambe and Wise and not a grammatical error.

It contains a number of plays some for radio and some for film and I am delighted to say that Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori was produced by The Wireless Theatre Company and is available as a radio play.

the plays wot I wrote ebook cover