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I'm a 68-year-old disabled amateur writer living and working in Slough in Berkshire in the UK. I began writing in 1996 after having to retire from my career in the National Health Service due to heart disease. I've had a series of heart attacks and two heart bypass operations. Between 1996 and 2010, I contributed regularly to several UK leisure and lifestyle magazines. Many of these articles can be downloaded from the 'ARCHIVE' section of my website. I've also contributed to some television programmes. I'm a member of the 'Slough Writers Group' which is both interesting and informative. At the moment I'm preparing to start writing factual features for magazines. You can see the articles that have been published in the 'LATEST WORK' section of my website.

Wednesday 14 December 2022


 I've been studying 'distance learning' for mature students in preparation for my Open University 'Y031 Arts and languages Access module' which begins on February 4th 2023.

Sunday 4 December 2022


 It's been a challenging but interesting few days. I've been unwell since Thursday but have been reading two good books on distance learning. Of late, I've not done much reading, but I've read these two cover to cover. I've marked pages I want to return to with 'post-it' notes and the important headings within with highlighter pen.

I've just read the current editions of 'Writing Magazine' and 'Writers' Forum Magazine' and set-up a subscription to the latter. There's quite a few competitions listed in both, but they nearly always charge an entry fee.

That's all for now. Have a good week.