MF 2020
thought-provoking drama and fiction



    Full Length
        The Satyricon
        Volpone a new version

    One Act
        Casanova Dreaming

        Angel (m)
        Ben and Joe's (m)
        Los Feliz (m)
        Now We Are Pope (m)
        Sunset (f)
        Tadzio Speaks . . . (m)

    10 minutes
        The Report


Performing Rights


        The Butterfly's Wing

    Short Stories
        First and Fiftieth
        A Sense of Loss




"It is very easy to preach celibacy if you have no desire."

"I was young enough not to realise what I was letting myself in for,
and young enough that if I had known I would not have cared."
The Butterfly's Wing

"Name me two cities and I'll tell you how to get from one to the other. La Caņada and West Covina?
Come on, give me something difficult. Two-ten east then Ten west or Two-Ten east,
Six-Oh-Five south and Ten east, depending on traffic and whether you want the Plaza or the Country Club."
Californian Lives

"Gets so, nobody's story's true. Not yours, not mine. But it's all we've got."
First and Fiftieth

"I have always found the Faith comfortable but the Faithful intolerable,
almost every Catholick a sedulous ape, a treacherous snob, a slanderer, an oppressor or a liar."
Now We Are Pope

"We would fight and forgive, leave and live and love each other.
He is everything I desire, he is my desire and he is here before me, he is here for me."
A Sense of Loss

"Disorientated still, it seemed to me that the world was a void in which only this stranger floated;
unthinkingly I stared at him, trying to understand him, until his glance fell on mine."
Tadzio Speaks . . .

"It was as if he had awoken not only from the previous night's sleep but from the last three months
and the growing happiness he had felt had been no more real than the morning's dream
which had already faded from his mind."

This site focuses on my writing; for my work as a theatre director, see

My first story collection and novel were written from a primarily British gay perspective while my later fiction offers a much broader view of human experience. Throughout, the predominant themes have been desire, love and loss. The perspective is often intense and pessimistic, which I am aware limits my readership.

Apart from brief forays in youth and middle-age, my involvement in theatre began in 2011. Having acted in comedy and drama on stage and on screen in London and Edinburgh, I am now more often behind the scenes, as writer, director and / or producer. In 2018 I won the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award for The Report. My most recent production was directing Maggie Macleod in my one-woman play Sunset at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. I am currently creating a new version of the 2,000-year-old comedy The Satyricon for Arbery Productions, which will premiere in November 2020. Unfortunately, the March 2020 production of Noel Coward's Hay Fever that I am directing for Edinburgh community drama group EGTG, has been postponed until March 2021.

The Satyricon tickets: Festival Theatre Studio The Satyricon details:   

My non-fiction consists primarily of studies of the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS across the world in the 1980s-2000s. I also wrote light journalism - travel articles, book reviews, opinion pieces - during this time.

Born in Dundee, I grew up in Edinburgh. My next forty years were spent working across the globe, first as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, later as a consultant in HIV/AIDS education, briefly as a tour operator. Over the years I have made a home in London, Halkis (Greece), Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, New York and Bangkok.

In 2014 I returned to Scotland, where - notwithstanding the threats of independence and the collapse of civilisation from overpopulation and climate change - I hope to spend the next forty years. After that I have no plans.

I dislike social media but post occasionally on Facebook and Twitter as "actserious".

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