I had just had the most incredible adventure sailing on the tall ship Soren Larsen. I went aboard as a volunteer deck hand and ended up staying on as a permanent crew member, sailing the North coast of New Zealand’s North Island, across the Southern Ocean and on to French Polynesia.
Of course I wanted to tell the world all about the wonder of tall ship sailing and was delighted to have articles published in the New Zealand Herald and the Australian Newspaper.
I thought, well, that wasn’t bad, so I proposed the idea of a documentary about the ship to National Radio New Zealand – the equivalent of the UK’s Radio 4.
I think they were a bit bemused by the thought of a totally inexperienced guy making a half hour radio documentary, so they humoured me by lending me some kit and off I went. You can find out what happened here:
Buoyed up by that success (that’s a terrible pun) – I came back to the UK and took an MA in Multi-media broadcast journalism at University college Falmouth. Here’s the result – a documentary about the state of the Duchy’s national religion – Methodism.
The Caravan Dwellers
After working as a sports reporter for BBC Radio Cornwall, I moved into copywriting and concentrated my efforts on writing novels. I lived in the back of my ex-post office van for a while, then bought a caravan and moved into the field where I still live. Here’s some audio I made a few years back when I had a painting studio / gallery in Penryn. It’s the story of the field, its then occupants, and the owner who dreamed up the idea of having a caravan site. It’s us, in our caravans, tucked up in bed…