I live in Walthamstow in East London, the home of E17 ‘Everybody in the house of love’ and all that. I was born in Derbyshire and lived there until I was 18 when I packed my bags and headed for the city. I’ve lived all over the place thanks to work but put down roots in the glorious Stow nearly 20 years ago and really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I live with my partner Eddie who is originally from Ireland, and our dog called Morris. We can often be found enjoying a pint in the Chequers, or Wildcard (or any local pub).
This sounds daft but I like doing things that scare me, or should I say I like doing things that I don’t think I will be able to do. I ran a half marathon for the first time in 2012 and have since ran marathons, which for a former fat kid felt really good. This blog is part of that process. I failed English at School partly due to dyslexia that wasn’t identified and partly because I was a crap student. For a long time I hated people seeing anything I had written, but at the age of 35 I decided to terrify myself a little bit more and start blogging. I know my punctuation is all over the place, and if it wasn’t for spell check you probably wouldn’t understand a word, but I really enjoy writing about the area I live and the people I meet.
I worked as a stage manager for a long time which involved among other things dressing up as an Orangutang and running around London parks with a musical saw thanks to the London Bubble Theatre company. I loved working in theatre but ended up having no life so decided to go for a career change. Along the way though I had some great jobs including working for a circus so if you ever need a tent putting up I’m your man. My day job is in the ticketing industry, but I’ve also had some paid writing work as a result of people reading this blog, which is amazing.
So that’s me, a running, writing, pub loving proud and happy E17’er. For more ramblings find me on Twitter @StowDiary.