have been involved in the arts in some shape or form since I was
a teenager. I was born in Aberdeen, Scotland but spent most of
my childhood and all my teenage years in Kent and Surrey, England.
At 19 I moved to London to study at university and this was the
beginning of my development into a semi-professional or professional
artist, designer, musician, photographer and writer.
1990, at university, I discovered the Apple MacIntosh computer
which I immediately fell in love with, leading to my interest
in digital art and Graphic Design (which became my career), following
a stint in Mitre House Publishing for my degree industrial placement and writing for the university magazine Cityscape.
also began writing music, having been playing instruments since
the age of 7, by the 90s I had played recorder, clarinet, cello,
guitar, bass guitar, double bass, piano, sythesizer and drums/percussion
with varying levels of success. I love all kinds of music from
Mahler to Drum n' Bass, but became fascinated with house music
in the late 80s and I was determined to learn how to make it.
By 1993 I had become fairly competent at creating electronic music
and married this with more traditional instrumentation in my band
Children of Dub. I continued to make music under this name until
2001 and after a break of several years returned to song writing
and music production with the short-lived duo Freeloader.
during most of the 90s and the first half of the 00s I worked
as a Graphic Designer in London, Dublin (from 1999 onwards) and
finally for myself in Co. Wexford (Ireland). I worked extensively
in magazine/book design and sub-editing over almost a twenty year
period, also writing and illustrating for some of them. During
this period I also produced work as a digital artist and photographer,
exhibiting from time to time in small galleries and selling limited
edition prints. My artistic work has also been used as book covers
and CD covers. In 2006 I began retraining as a horticulturalist, which is now my main profession.
began writing poetry at the age of 15, pretty badly I might add.
Over time I developed my own style of both poetry and prose. My
first article was published in 1991 but a year after leaving university
I left journalism aside for other activities (mainly music) until the early 00s
when I began to write more frequently. For most of the 1990s I concentrated on my band Children Of Dub and released several albums and singles during that time. A multitude of my articles
in magazines and websites have been appearing in recent years,
which you can find on my articles page. In 2005 my first book, on spiritual wisdom, "The Journey" was published
under the pseudonym Joseph Dawton. In 2006 I was editor of a collection
of poetry entitled "Where The Hazel Falls", featuring
some of my poems, again under the pseudonym Joseph Dawton.
first book to be published without the use of a pseudonym was "The
Druid's Primer" in 2012, which is a non-fiction book
on Druidry. A revised and expanded edition of "The Journey",
was published in UK and USA by Moon
Books, in late 2012. My first solo collection of poetry "Through The Cracks In The Concrete The Wilderness Grows" was published in 2016 through Killkenny Druidry College Press and "Kerry Folk Tales" (with Gary Branigan) was published in summer 2019 through The History Press. "How To Save The Planet" was published by Electric Publications in November 2019. I am currently working on several more books and have returned to photographic work after a long break from it.