Born in Chorley, Lancashire
Have lived in Plymouth, La Jolla, Cardiff, High Wycombe, Ashton Keynes and on the high seas.
Now live in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire, UK
Colleagues have variously descried me as a facilitator, leaven in the mix, and arrogant, which seems fair. My grandchildren seem to think I'm OK. I am interested in the physical sciences, speculative fiction and mental health issues (particularly bi-polar fluctuations and the autism spectrum as signs of these abound in my family and in myself). I struggle to grasp philosophy, theology and modern languages. Within my limited sphere of influence I strive to work to my own high standards, aiming to achieve a workable balance between good and good enough. I encourage others to broaden their horizons and set challenging but manageable targets. I remind myself from time to time that the Arabic word 'sin' can be translated as falling short of the target. My teaching career has encompassed Psychology, Physics, Maths and Communication Studies and out of that has come three textbooks in my former name of Adams. Since my retirement I have taken on a little home teaching in literacy and numeracy and have otherwise concentrated on singing, creative writing, painting and being a trustee of Buckby Library & Hub. I belong to several art groups in Long Buckby, and to Daventry U3A Creative Writing Group and Towcester Writers. I was a member of Daventry Choral Society for several years but have lost my voice. My favourite topics for writing are gender identity, dreams, fantasies and my sailing diaries. I have recently found my spiritual home in the (British Liberal) Quaker Society of Friends.
I have been married twice, am widowed and blessed with two wonderful sons and four excellent grandchildren and our extended families.
1992 Certificate in Person-centred Art Therapy for use in Nursing Education, Crawley College
1989 MSc Physics and Physics Education with dissertation on Colour in art and science, University of Reading.
1969 BSc Psychology University College, Cardiff.
A Levels/Inters in Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Zoology and Art.
2022 October South Northants Art Trail in BL&H
2022 August St Lawrence Church
2022 July BL&H Art Seven
2021 August St Lawrence Church
2019 August St Lawrence Church
2019 October South Northants Art Trail in Storehouse Gallery, Weedon Bec
2022 Off The Wall by Somewhere Else Writers
2019 (Ed) Pick n Mix by Towcester Writers
2018 Switching Switching (novel)
2015 Climbing The Mast (short stories, poems)
2009 The Psychology Companion (Adams)
1998 ABC of Communication Studies (Adams)
1998 Psychology for Health Care (Adams)