Best selling author, award winning illustrator and graphic designer, and acclaimed lecturer and broadcaster. His professional experience has included publishing, radio, television and film production as well as a distinguished academic career. A more recent string to his bow has been directing, producing, and even acting, in several plays at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. He is equally at ease speaking to either adult or children’s groups and his work is widely read both in Britain and abroad.
About writer's work
I have a wide range of interests many of which have been reflected in my writing. These include history, particularly Scottish, British and North American history, scientific publications and films and film making. Music of all types from early jazz, musicals, pop, Scottish country and folk inspire.
Current events and projects
Experienced in speaking at bookshop visits, in schools, to library and writers groups, conferences, and at numerous book festivals. For Children – Readings and story development information that may include the use of illustrations if appropriate. Questions welcomed afterwards. For Adults – Explanation of how my books were written and how the various characters developed. May include readings. Questions welcomed.
Counter Force – Beware the Tektrons (Armada/Harper Collins, 1988) ISBN 0 00 692883 8 In the early part of the 21st century six friends find themselves locked in a deadly conflict with an invading alien intelligence from beyond the stars. These dedicated young people rapidly discover that they have to work alone against invaders who are clever and well hidden.
Counter Force – Find the Tektrons (Armada/Harper Collins, 1988) ISBN 0 00 692884 6 Following another secret message from missing scientist Clark Melville, the Counter Force fly to Japan to discover where the Tektrons are hiding and what they plan to do next. Armed with this information the youngsters travel to Kenya to investigate a mysterious secret installation deep in the Rift Valley.