|I live in South-East England in Bracknell, a New Town of about 65,000 souls, a number which is continually increasing. Bracknell is not a bad place to live, overall. It has suffered from its 1960s architectural heritage, particularly in the town centre, but as a compensation there are some wonderful old buildings which are being employed for useful purposes - an arts centre, a school, a pub, etc. Bracknell is constantly being developed, and is changing all the time.|
Here I am at a meeting of the old planning and transportation committee
This is the family - Damon my son, Isobel my daughter and my grandchildren Elliot and Thomas.
|To see a map of my local area, go to this site|
|Make sure you come back again, though!|
|My principal interest these days apart from the internet and local politics is classical music. I have had a number of works performed locally, including an hour-long setting of Mervyn Peake's poem, The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb which was given a performance in the South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell, by Allison Horriben (soprano) Trevor Craddock (bass-baritone), Timothy Bond (narrator) and Terry McNamara (piano). I have more-or-less stopped performing and composing, but still enjoy listening and creating MIDI transcriptions. Favourite composers include Schoenberg, Nielsen, Messiaen, Brian, Alkan and Honegger. I am still interested in the music of Minna Keal, having picked up a CD of her cello concerto. Unfortunately November 1999 saw her death at the age of ninety. English music is poorer for her loss.|
|Bliss ..||Displeasure ...|
I used to be a writer and editor, and in the early seventies published a collection of short stories called The Eye of the Lens, which appeared in the UK and the USA. I worked with Michael Moorcock on the magazine New Worlds and edited the anthology The Nature of the Catastrophe with him. A newly-edited edition was published in 1996. Also I was responsible for the reconstructed version of the third book in Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy, Titus Alone, which has appeared in various editions.
I am a member of the Berkshire Recorder Consort, who are also based in Bracknell. The BRC is a group which specialises in early music, played on a variety of instruments, but also include in their repertoire music from all periods.
So that's me. If anybody wishes to contact me, you can e-mail me at the address below.