Hi and thank you for visiting my site. I am a proud Yorkshireman living in Bradford, England with a late diagnosis of autism and dyspraxia. Much of my writing around autism and mental health is drawn from my life before and after I received my diagnosis. These insights also come from my experiences of anxiety and depression which I have had and how they continue to have an impact on my life.
My other inspiration for my work comes from nature and the countryside and landscape around me particularly the moors above Haworth home of the Bronte’s and the Upper Calder Valley in Calderdale. They can be savage, bleak and brutal one moment, the next full of beauty, warmth and mystery. I have explored these areas and discovered so much but I still have a lot to learn about them.
These landscapes are full of moors, trails, hills, streams and waterfalls that take on a different perspective depending on the time of year and the mood I am in. I regularly run around these areas breathing in the stunning, ethereal beauty of them and taking photographs to inspire my writing and remind me of precious moments spent at one with nature.
Quite often I draw on my experiences of autism and mental health and my experiences of nature combine to arouse the writer within me, allowing me to reflect on my life and contemplate what has gone and what may be to come.
I hope you enjoy my work and if you have any comments please leave them.
The painting is Morning, Heptonstall Moor by my good friend Rachel Lumb. Rachel is a local artist with a talent and passion for painting landscapes. More of Rachel’s work can be found here: http://www.rachelelumb.com/