About Me

Born a year or two after the end of sweet rationing, spent my pre-teen year at a fabulous old school in Rugby with masters in cloaks and mortar boards sporting canes, have never been unemployed since the age of twelve – paper boy, butcher’s boy, electrical apprentice, computer research engineer, space hardware design engineer and a decade or two in satellite product management – enjoyed my formative teens in the Swinging Sixties and now retired.  Always had ink flowing in my blood, and am proud to say that I’m a ‘published writer’, with five publications available to the book-buying public, pieces in Hertfordshire Countryside, Pet Dogs, a technical paper in JBIS (am a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society), letters in newspapers and periodicals and an abundance of technical jottings in company journals.  To prevent my brain rusting, I embarked upon an OU degree a few years ago, and was awarded a First Class BA(Hons) at the end of 2014.  So, after forty odd years in engineering,  I went arty and got a BA degree!


2 responses to “About Me

  1. Jim Mcilroy

    Greetings from another engineer who decided to embark on some Creative Writing having spent years writing all sorts of engineering stuff. I’m not quite retired yet but the word semi-retirement has a nice ring about it. Made it through A174 and had a lot of fun along the way, and now doing A215. If I make it through that A363 beckons. As you say it keeps rust away. I see you’re a satellite man. Did a little bit of that in 1979 at Marconi. Things have probably changed a bit since then.

  2. Hi Jim,
    I was with Astrium in Stevenage for thirty years working with satellite electronics, and saw many changes over that period. I decided to go at 57 because of major pension reforms on the horizon, and the last five years have whizzed past!
    Best of luck with A215. I enjoyed the variety of forms presented, having a go at poetry and life writing as well as fiction. A363 is turning out to be quite a challenge as there’s much less ‘teaching’ involved and more emphasis on finding your own way.
    Thanks for the Twitter follow!

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