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I was born in London quite some time ago. My family emigrated to New Zealand when I was 12. A small but rather beautiful country, New Zealand is tucked away in the south Pacific. Christchurch, my city, suffered two devastating earthquakes in 2010-2011. The centre of the city was almost completely wiped out so we currently live in a donut. Life is still good however in this laid-back place where people treat very seriously their leisure time and their coffee.
I first thought of a novel about roundheads far too many years ago. In the meantime I met quite a lot of success as a playwright and prose took a back seat. I have a fascination with social history and the moods of the ages. In my musical Till The Boys Come Home I used songs from WWII to provide the emotion for the various war years. Each song was used in its year of release. More recently I wrote another musical Pounamu Cut that contrasts European and Maori values over a road that is about to cut through a major greenstone (nephrite jade, called pounamu in Maori and a spiritual treasure) deposit. Set in 1870 it again uses songs accurate to the time.
I live with my wife Marie-Gabrielle and our chocolate Labrador, Poppy. Currently I am teaching at a high school – English and Drama, of course!