But the head’s been full of words and ideas for books for ages and on turning 60 I decided to punch out my first book (in 2018) – Talking With Your People, which recounted my personal journey through internal communications – perhaps better known as employee communications – and the learnings I accrued on that journey.
A much overdue volume of poetry was next off the mark in 2019 – Houses of the Small Sea Dead.
In 2020, I propose to bring out a book on Woodturning and Meditation, while a second edition of the internal comms book is also planned this year, along with another volume of poems.
And beyond that lie a semi-completed novel or two, a text on corporate writing and maybe a play. As I head into retirement, writing for myself and publishing and marketing my own works will be my second career.
I’m a family guy – married with a beautiful wife and two adult sons. Outside of work, besides writing I like to practise yoga, turn wood and meditate (as my next book suggests), torture a few cover songs and originals on my guitar, surf on my 5’10” “fish” and read – voraciously. Some of what I read and concerts I attend and enjoy I like to review.
I’ve produced a choral CD, run a month-long health and safety campaign, managed workplace yoga classes – big on wellness me as you might gather, peddled CV risk-assessment programmes, and promoted a myriad other things…and all the way along, writing has been the heart-blood.
I value clarity, concision, accuracy and honesty in writing – and the importance of having your own “voice”.
I hope you like mine.