Born in 1969 in West Germany at the height of the cold war, I was always a visual artist and storyteller at heart. A daydreamer with visions, thoughts and ideas.
I spent my childhood living in Germany, Cyprus as well as throughout England and Scotland, the son of a British soldier and the eldest of five siblings.
Swimming in the warm waters of the eastern Mediterranean in 1982 - wearing diving fins and face mask, breathing through a snorkel whilst clutching a three pronged spear gun - hunting fish and octopus - I had no inkling that years later in 1994 I would be teaching English in a dusty, communism-ravaged Polish town in Lower Silesia, recently opened up to The West. A country I had never thought much about earlier in my youth, but which would later come to dominate my life.
In 1988 I left home to study Engineering Physics at Sheffield City Polytechnic. The 3rd year industrial placement was spent working at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. I graduated in 1992 with a 2:1 and the offer of continuing to pursue a PhD in Solar Cell Technology - which I declined. I had no desire to be a scientist. I was tired of academia and moved to Poland for adventure and to master the Polish language. To keep the connection alive to a country where my grandfather came from. Who was left for dead in 1944 at the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy.
I worked as an English teacher and translator/interpreter in Poland from 1994 to 2005.
I am currently working on several personal projects including a book about Poland and various educational apps utilizing my writing and illustrative skills.
I love old, historical stories as well as scifi, technology and our yet mysterious and unknown future.