An award-winning writer with three books of my real-life adventures to draw upon, I love inspiring people of all ages to take meaningful risks, explore their creative potential and engage more fully with “this one wild and precious life”.
Formerly a journalist, now a professional life-coach and trainer, I have worked as a speaker, facilitator and patron of reading in schools, communities, prisons, festivals, third sector, business and adult education for many years.
Using stories from my Easter Island reed boat expedition and my other voyages, I have a particular passion for encouraging boys and men to defy gender stereotypes, by reframing reading/writing as adventure, and emotional intelligence/vulnerability as a courageous route to fulfilment.
As an adoptive dad, I was particularly proud to spearhead 2016’s award-winning Year of the Dad campaign the Scottish Government and Fathers Network Scotland, celebrating the importance of involved fatherhood for children and families.
Whether working individually with pupils to hone their sentences, running a creative-writing workshop in a high-security prison, or delivering a keynote at a 1000-strong TEDx conference, I tailor my work to the audience and desired outcomes with a blend of personal candour, playfulness and professionalism.