I am a Yorkshire-based writer, researcher and musician, who campaigns on transport, the environment and the rights of refugees. For many years I taught Sociology and Media and Cultural Studies in Higher Education where I specialized in protest history and alternative lifestyles. Many of my ideas and early writings evolved out of my doctoral work with the Earth First! direct action network. I gave up my academic career to care for my parents who both had Parkinson’s disease and to help bring up my son. While I was doing this, I began researching and writing about the history of hitchhiking - my current project - which was my own main form of mobility from my teens until my late thirties (and even occasionally still!).
As a writer I have worked on everything from editing international journals and book collections, writing public policy documents, to reviewing house concerts, penning my own songs and supporting fellow authors.
Writing is a highly personal activity but has collective responsibilities. I believe that how we communicate what we know is important for breaking down the barriers within society through the sharing of knowledge and experience. The same goes for creating, performing and distributing music – all of which I am involved with too.