About Me

"Moral coercion is happening all over the world, but it is commonly known as Political Correctness. When this happened in Communist countries it was deplored but now it is an acceptable new weapon in the arsenal of government and corporate controllers. Given that laws exist to protect people from acts of discrimination or exploitation, why is it also necessary to deprive people of unpopular or unfair opinions and beliefs? Thinking is not a crime, no matter how offensive, we should never deny people the right to speak their minds - to do otherwise is the beginning of totalitarianism."

I 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.

In 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.

I 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.

Meanwhile 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.

I 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.