About Me

Tollesbury, Essex, United Kingdom
I was born in the Summer of 1969 in Dagenham, just on the border of East London. School was largely unproductive but enjoyable, setting me up for something of a wayward but interesting life! On leaving school I had various jobs including putting up stalls at Romford Market, working in a record shop, putting up ceilings, gardening and road sweeping. After resigning from an insurance company to play in a band, I found myself unemployed for two years. Then finally I got back on my feet and I've been a psychiatric nurse since 1997. I wrote A Cleansing of Souls when I was 22 years old and followed it up with Tollesbury Time Forever almost twenty years later. I started writing The Bird That Nobody Sees in September 2011 and it was released in July 2012. In terms of writing, my heroes are Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck. I would also include Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits as literary influences. So that's me I guess - scruffy, happy and in love with literary fiction, music and life...

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Article Published!


Just to let you know that I have just had an article published on a Community Care Online Magazine:


There is a facility to comment on or share the article so please do if you feel like it!




Margaret Morton Kirk said...

Enjoyed your post - social workers come in for so much flak, but when you work alongside them at the coal-face, you start to appreciate just how hard they work and how under-valued they are.

Just like pretty much everyone in the health and social care sector, of course...

Stu Ayris said...

True enough Margaret. It is so important that the different professions within care share the same values. So often we lose touch with the fact that what people need is to be treated with compassion and understanding - sometimes that is enough for the rest to just fall into place.