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Living on the edge, burning up highway between the last dusty pueblo and the next. Gigs with Hell’s Angels down by the Mexican border ain’t for wussies. Ballads about badlands for bad boys. You’re a long time dead. It pays a man stepping on the wrong side of the law to keep an eye out for the next redneck with no reputation and an itchy, trigger finger. When things get hot you gotta pack heat.
Dream on. I do.
Born in Leicestershire of a Norwegian mother and an English father, my early years were spent in the small town of Syston. I studied graphic design at Loughborough College of Art and Design, now part of Loughborough University before embarking on a career of lost opportunites and staring out of windows thinking of nothing. For the last decade I have lived in the Andalucian pueblo of Conil de la Frontera in the province of Cádiz with artist and activist, Angelica Westerhoff.
Nowadays, more of a slippers and pipe sort of bloke, I’m waiting for someone to buy me a pair of slippers and a pipe this Christmas. Just like last Christmas. Just like the Christmas before that. Just like every Christmas.
I dabble a bit in writing, and I dibble a bit with my camera, when I’m not sleeping one off.
I can be very fussy when it comes to things like socks. I even wear them in bed. And with sandals. No, I don’t.
The Agony and the Ecstasy an article on the painter Edvard Munch, On the Trail of that Hamsun Man, and Last Orders at Juani’s Bar appeared in The Independent, London, starting last century and ending at the beginning of this. A couple of articles appeared in the long defunct Portobello Review.
In 2009, the short stories Washed up and Smoked Out and Asses Milk and Water Shortages appeared in Angela Clarence’s Anda-Luz creative journal.
I have been publishing short stories centred around the fictional town of Santa Catalina on the internet since 2003.
The poem Morning came early as usual was published by Sebastian Boyle in ABC arts magazine in 1995
A qualified graphic designer, I designed several albums for Steve Hackett, former leader guitarist for Genesis in the 1980s. I also designed posters and a CD for the popular college circuit band Mike Fab-Gere and the Permissive Society
Apart from writing and design, my photos – which can viewed on this blog – sell in Conil de la Frontera. Well, sometimes they do. Summer 2010 saw my first photographic exhibition at the Hotel Fuerte, Conil. What a rip-off that turned out to be.
After many years dealing in antique rugs and textiles, in the 1980s I travelled around Turkey looking for antique tribal rugs and kilims to take back to the UK.
In the summer of 2000 I spent some months writing in a fisherman’s hut on the small island of Væroy at the tip of the Lofotens in Northern Norway. Pedersen’s Last Dream, the eternally unfinished novel, was started there.
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