Monday, 25 June 2018

A short history in work and study...

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I work as a Freelance Writer and currently independently investigate complaints made by the public against Local Government.

I also edit and manage the Student Guardian. The sites provides useful information and university news to students and encourages them to get involved in journalism and writing. I built the site in 2008 using the Joomla Open Source Content Management System.  

Alongside my freelance work I am also editting a 68,500 word comic novel which is due to be published in 2019.

A few years ago:
I helped build business brands by writing for business on social media and blogging. Links to a few of my published articles can be found on my blog.  If you think I could help your organisation please send me a message on Twitter or Facebook.
I studied Journalism, with a special interest in Alternative and Investigative Journalism at University College Falmouth (Now Falmouth University). While working as a Freelance Writer, in 2010 I studied Professional Writing at University College Falmouth and while working as an Accounntant between 1995 and 2003 I studied Social Sciences at the Open University and specialised in Psychology, Economics & Philosophy.

In 2008, together with fellow journalist Chris Maynard and designer Katy Potter, I entered into a competition of The University of Plymouth's Business Enterprise Ideas Challenge (Rebranded the Tectona Business Challenge). Our business idea was to publish the West of England's first regional student newspaper. Unfortunately, although we reached the finals, we were to be pipped at the post by a novel idea to mechanically clean golfers’ balls.  I still believe, after all these years, that if the team had been more open to my idea to publish the newspaper in circular form, we could have clinched it...

Ancient history:
I left school in 1979, the year that the neo-liberals, led by Margaret Thatcher, simultaneously put an end to Welfare Socialism and Paternalistic Conservatism. It was also the year that the Sex Pistols bass guitarist Sid Vicious died of a drugs overdose, the Sony Walkman was invented and the Village People reached No. 1 with YMCA.

After secodary school in Camborne, Cornwall I worked for 4 years as an apprentice Stone Mason. A serious motorcycle crash cut short my training and, rather than risk rebreaking my wrist (now surgically screwed together) by shaping granite, I decided to go back to school. I left Cornwall in 1984 to study business at  the Isle of Wight College of Arts & Technology which led to a long spell working as an Accountant in private practice and an Internal Auditor for the National Health Service.

Not had enough yet? Here's more in my Short CV