I am a storyteller, writer and folk singer, based in London.
These days I’m busy creating and performing shows which use story and folk music to explore historical and political themes. The Transports links a true tale of poor folk transported to Australia in the 1780s with wider, more modern stories of exile and migration. Human Cargo charts the experiences of people aboard slave ships, emigration boats and transportation vessels.
My latest book is Human Cargo, stories & songs of emigration, slavery & transportation, on which the show is based. My other books include The Trebor Story, a history of the sweet firm, and Tales from the Angler’s Retreat, a book of fishing stories from the Western Isles of Scotland.
I can often be found in folk clubs, performing traditional songs, monologues and music hall classics. Very occasionally, you can endure my comic double-
My political activities include work with No Glory, a campaign dedicated to ensuring that the centenary of World War One does not glorify that needless conflict.
Among previous careers, I have worked as a speechwriter in London and Hong Kong, the administrator of an association of film producers, a dramaturg at The Old Vic theatre, a masseur and a finance director. My awards include Hebridean Fish of the Year 2008.
Here’s me singing with the much-missed Jan North.