Ulric Van den Bogaerde
I have been writing since I was about 11. I have written in many genres and worked professionally as a writer in television.
I have kept a journal since I was 16, which now consists of more than 90 volumes. It’s focused on every day life, the people I know and the messes we make.
My dyslexia makes both reading and particularly writing a challenge. It’s true to say that I would probably never have learnt to read at all were it not for my mother being so determined I would not be left behind. I was lucky enough to get treatment at Guy’s Hospital in the first NHS Dyslexic unit in the UK along with further teaching from many specialists over the years. Thanks to these opportunities I was able to get a few ‘O’ levels but though I did study and complete ‘A’ levels, university was, at that time, not a possibility. Like all dyslexics I have found a myriad of ways to get round the problems it presents. So far I have been fairly successful at this so that I have been able both to write and to keep down a job in a major bookshop which affords me a living.
I started out in the film industry. I was a runner, PA, and then a Clapper Loader (assists the Focus Puller, puts the film in the camera and ‘claps’ the slate at the start of a take) and worked on many television commercials, TV shows and even a few movies. My last gig as a loader was Michael Winner’s ‘Parting Shots’. Never heard of it? I am not surprised. It had an awesome cast, everybody from Ben Kingsley to Ollie Reed, but what a shocking film.
I was a script editor on Family Affairs: remember that? Channel Five’s flagship soap. Famous I think for the largest single cast cull in a river boating accident? I went on to be a writer for the show for a year. The politics nearly killed me but some of the people were fantastic and among them some superb writers.
After that I went into bookselling. I worked at John Sandoe’s, one of the greatest bookshops in the world www.johnsandoe.com (go and visit) for many years and though I have left there now I have moved to a fabulous place in the heart of the academic book world. A world in which, ironically, despite several attempts, I could never get a look in.
The first book that really brought the power of stories to life for me was a collection of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels that my aunt lent to me. I sat, aged 12, in an old crumpled armchair in a book-lined sunroom where she used to work and I was transported to St. Bartholomew’s hospital and the voice of that crisp brilliant mind elucidating on the powers of deduction while he beat a corpse with the stick to see the effect of post mortem bruising?
My favorite book is Alexander Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo.
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Where to buy in print
The Heroism of Casper Dann
This is the story of a man in hiding, a man with a guilty secret, which is forced out into the open as a result of an instinctive act of heroism. Casper tries to escape what he knows is inevitable. his fifteen minutes of fame threaten his most precious desire, which is to conceal from the world an act in his past so terrible it has defined his existence for years.
The Unexpected Visitor
The tale of a woman confronted by a spectral figure from her past, a beloved figure, now long dead, who forces her to reconsider the life she has led and the beliefs she has held as she tries to comprehend the portent of this apparition.
The Burning Forest
A coming of age story set in london in the late 80’s. We follow jack; a young photographer as he navigates a life haunted by the death of his brother and tries to come to terms with the complexity of the adult world. when he is witness to the death of a stranger feelings from the past overwhelm him and he must confront them in order to embrace the future.
The Ten Dollar Bill
Set in the Havana of the early 90’s this tells the story of a poor young flower seller named Katia who unexpectedly finds herself in possession of a $10 bill. It represents a small fortune to her and her family but this prize comes with an unexpected price.
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