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.
1991, 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.
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 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 until the early 00s
when I began to write more frequently. A multitude of articles
in magazines and websites have been appearing in recent years,
which you can find on my articles
page. In 2005 my first book "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. My
first book to be published without the use of a pseudonym "The
Druid's Primer" (published Feb. 2012), is a non-fiction book
on Druidry. A revised and expanded edition of "The Journey",
this time under my own name, was published in UK and USA by Moon
Books, Nov. 2012.I am currently working on my first novel, which I hope to complete in 2013.