I write for a living, but more than that, I communicate. This isn’t the place to talk about engaging narratives going forward, but we can throw that out on the stoop and see if the cat licks it up, if you like. Or run it up the flagpole and see who salutes it. Or not.
I’ve taken complex information from around the world on a huge variety of subjects from satellite communications to head lice shampoo and turned it into straightforward stories that provide direction as well as usable, understandable information.
People who run businesses do that. Sometimes when you’re doing it every day you can’t see what the customers see. Which means it can be really difficult to describe your business in a way that attracts more customers. Sometimes you don’t need or want a full marketing campaign. Maybe you just need some press releases written and placed. Perhaps your website needs some new words to make it come alive. Give me a call. I don’t just do big stuff. Although I’ve done a fair bit of that as well.
Reporting for business
Sometimes it’s hard to know who to go to, to get the information you need. I’ve helped all kinds of organisations do that, from simply going to a conference and explaining what happened there to confidential interviewing government bodies about institutional international fraud. That project was submitted up to an EU Commission and oddly no, I’m not going into more details about it. All that and umpteen business interviews, reports, trade magazine articles, newspaper and trade journal pieces, conference papers, briefings and presentations. I can do them for you, if you like.
Not Your Heart Away was based on my book, Not Your Heart Away, which is available on Amazon. I know, what a coincidence about the titles, eh? Somewhat to my surprise for a first screenplay it won the BBC Writers Room competition in March 2013 and was pitched.
Distressingly and unbelievably, my very first ever pitch of my very first screenplay didn’t take with the first studio. Unreal, isn’t it? Some people. Anyway, it’s in development, which in this case doesn’t mean ‘is stuck in a drawer to be talked about at parties’ but with a script-doctor. Apparently there’s a gap in my narrative arc. Just like there is in True Grit, come to think of it. Or The English Patient. Or Four Weddings…. Still, what do I know?
Half-hour TV programme scripts
I’ve also written broadcast half-hour training films for ACC. Aged Care Channel provides quality learning resources to the elderly care sector in a new and innovative way. ACC programmes are filmed in actual care homes, and presented by healthcare professionals who have expertise in their respective fields. Programmes are specifically designed to focus on key outcomes and the core performance indicators specified by the Care Quality Commission. They also focus on the issues and concerns that most care staff face on an almost daily basis. Most of these issues centre around dementia: 60% of people in care homes have it. Not the most comforting thought for your later years.
A half-hour radio play set on a construction site in a rural village. When wartime bombs are discovered on the course of a new by-pass some people in the community remember more than they ought to.
No Batteries Required
Half-hour radio play set in a celebrity chef’s kitchen. Desperate to appear one of the people the Prime Minister appoints his ordinary public school chums as Ministers. Kirsty gets Housing, Clarkson gets Transport and Pew Farley-Totherstall gets the Minstry of Food Production. Which might be fine, except for the bankrupt chicken farmer who’s sworn to kill him.
All of this and more sometimes gets onto my local radio show, the Lifeboat Party, thanks to the wonders of the interweb available around the world.
As Roxy Music put it, you know where to find me. I’ll be waiting on the end of the line, specifically at 07881 206542.
Or message me here.